Synopses & Reviews
Lionel and Anisa are the best of friends and have seen each other through some pretty tough times--Anisa's dad died and Lionel's dad left, which is like a death for Lionel. They stick together no matter what. So when Lionel suggests a detour through a local construction site on their way home, Anisa doesn't say no.
And that's where Lionel and Anisa make a startling discovery--a baby abandoned in a port-o-potty. Anisa and Lionel spring into action. And in saving Baby Doe, they end up saving so much more.
Danette Vigilante crafts an accessible, heartfelt and much needed story for the middle grade market featuring Latino characters.
An award-winning novel about growing up and making choices
Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.
A Newbery Medal Winner
"Radiant with hope, this keenly observed and poignant novel is a stellar addition to Young Adult literature, said "Publishers Weekly" in a starred review, praising Wolff's use of "meltingly lyric blank verse to tell of two inner-city teenage girls struggling toward better lives.
Interest Level: Middle/High School
Reading Grade Level: 4th-6th
Lexile Level: Not Available
Theme: Family & Relationships/Growing Up
An Accelerated Reader(r) title
When she answers a babysitting ad, 14-year-old LaVaughn meets Jolly, a 17-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons about making choices in this multiple award-winning and groundbreaking novel.
About the Author
Virginia Euwer Wolff
is an accomplished violinist and former elementary school and high school English teacher. Her first book for young readers, Probably Still Nick Swansen
, was published in 1988 and won both the International Reading Association Award and the PEN-West Book Award. Since then she has written several more critically acclaimed young adult novels, earning more honors, including the National Book Award for True Believer
, as well as the Golden Kite Award for Fiction and the Jane Addams Book Award for Childrens Books that Build Peace. Her books include The Mozart Season, This Full House
and Bat 6.
She lives in Oregon.