Synopses & Reviews
As if the students of Scrub Harbor High don't have enough to worry about: Christine is quickly losing her friend Georgie to Ricardo; Nelson can't connect with Shaquanda; Adam's role as the new kid is tougher than he thought; and O'Neill's controversial poem has electrified the school while making life unbearable for his football-star brother, Quincy.
But now a group of Scrub Harbor citizens are trying to change the town's name to the "classier" Folly Bay, and their crusade has filtered down to their kids. Suddenly, the school is divided into the rich-kid "Follys" and the poorer "Scrubs," with everyone else caught in the middle. How can you answer the question "Who am I?" when your town can't even make tip its mind? Will anyone emerge from the battle intact?
In ten interlocking stories, Ellen Wittlinger addresses the rarely discussed issues of class and identity that inform so much of teenage life. What's in a Name is a bold report from the cutting edge ofteenage concerns.
Each of ten teenagers living in Scrub Harbor, Massachusetts, explores his or her identity at the same time that the local residents consider changing the name of their town. In connected narratives, ten teens explore who they are and find out what's in a name.
About the Author
Ellen Wittlinger is the author of Hard Love, which Rob Thomas called "hip and compelling," as well as Noticing Paradise and Lombardo's Law. She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children's librarian, she lives with her husband and two children in Swampscott, Massachusetts.
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