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True Believerby Virginia Euwe Wolff
Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for Young People's Literature
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andlt;Bandgt;We have a multitude of obstacles to overcome here. andlt;BRandgt; We'll begin.andlt;/Bandgt; andlt;BRandgt; When LaVaughn was little, the obstacles in her life didn't seem so bad. If she had a fight with Myrtle or Annie, it would never last long. If she was mad at her mother, they made up by bedtime. School was simple. Boys were buddies. Everything made sense. andlt;BRandgt; But LaVaughn is fifteen and the obstacles aren't going away anymore. Big questions separate her from her friends. Her mother is distracted by a new man. School could slip away from her so easily. And the boy who's a miracle in her life acts just as if he's in love with her. Only he's not in love with her. andlt;BRandgt; Returning to the characters and language she explored so profoundly in andlt;Iandgt;Make Lemonade,andlt;/Iandgt; Virginia Euwer Wolff rises to the occasion in this astonishing second of three novels about LaVaughn, her family, and her community.
In this second novel of Wolff's "Make Lemonade" trilogy, 15-year old Verna LaVaughn is visited by Jody, a boy she knew as a child who comes back to the housing project where she lives. Jody behaves as if he's in love with her, but Jody is wrestling with questions of his own identity.
LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he?
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Virginia Euwer Wolffandlt;/Bandgt; is also the author of andlt;Iandgt;Probably Still Nick Swansen, The Mozart Season,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Bat 6.andlt;/Iandgt; She is now at work on the third and final book about LaVaughn. Ms. Wolff lives in Oregon City, Oregon.
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