Make Lemonade

Virginia Euwer Wolff

Henry Holt and Co.

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Jolly is seventeen. She can't really spell. She doesn't have much of a job. And she has two little kids from two different, absent fathers.

Jolly knows she can't cope with Jilly and Jeremy all by herself. So she posts a notice on the school bulletin board: BABYSITTER NEEDED BAD. No one replies but Verna LaVaughn, who's only fourteen. How much help can she be?

For a while, Jolly, Jilly, Jeremy, and LaVaughn are an extraordinary family. Then LaVaughn takes the first steps toward building her own future, and Jolly begins the longs low process of turning the lemons of her life into lemonade.

Written in sixty-six chapters with text lines that break at natural speaking phrases, this is a startling novel by an extraordinary writer.

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"Written in a riveting stream-of-consciousness fashion ... the book plunges into the depths of inner-city poverty.... At once disturbing and uplifting, this finely nuanced, touching portrait proudly affirms our ability to reach beyond ourselves and out to one another." --Booklist, starred review

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Virginia Euwer Wolff

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 Children’s Books that Build Peace. Her books include The Mozart Season, This Full House and Bat 6. She lives in Oregon.

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American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults, Parents' Choice Honor Books, IRA Teachers' Choices, Parenting Magazine, Best Children's Award, Golden Kite Award Winner, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A , Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon Award, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, Michigan Best Book for Young Adults, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award

Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
May 1993
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805022285
ISBN10: 0805022287
Young Adult Fiction
5 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$17.95

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
May 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805080704
ISBN10: 0805080708
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/8 x 7 3/4 inches, 208 pages
Age Range: 10 to 14
Grade Range: 5 to 9
$8.99
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