Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins

Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins. New York: Greenwillow, 2005. 337 p.

Debbie wishes for something good to happen to her this summer. Hector feels like the world and its  many possibilities are opening up to him. Spanning late spring to summer, this slice of life novel tells of a group of friends living in a small town, yearning for new experiences.

This 2006 Newbery Medal winner perfectly captures the sense many teens may feel that something interesting is just around the bend. Even the minor characters are finely drawn and leap off the page fully formed. Illustrations and songs supplement the text without supplanting it. This book was a joy to read.

Editorial reviews can be found at Amazon.com. You can also visit the author's website for more information about this and other books.


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