Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning Violet Is Happy With Things Just The Way They Are In Her Sleepy, Backwoods Florida Town She Loves Going To The Fish Fry With Her Best Friend Lottie, And Collecting Brain Freeze Cups With Her Good Friend Eddie She Loves Squeezing Into The Open Trunk Of The Old Cypress Tree, Looking For Alligators In The River, And Witnessing Lightning Storms On A Warm Summer Day But When Melissa Moves To Town From Big City Detroit, All Of A Sudden Violet S Supposed To Want To Wear Makeup, And Talk About Boys, And Play Truth Or Dare Violet S Not Interested In Any Of Those Things But With The Help Of Her Friends, Her Mama, A Few Run Ins With Lightning, And Maybe Even Melissa, Violet Finds That Growing Up Doesn T Have To Mean Changing Who You Are Violet S Story Is A Classic Tale Of Best Friends, Budding Romance, And Bad Storms, And Her Authentic, Pitch Perfect Voice Is Sure To Stay With Readers Long After The Very Last Page In many ways, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning Walker Books, August 2008 is a coming of age story, but here s the thing Violet Raines is coming of age on her own terms and in her own sweet time Danette Haworth s debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren t in a hurry to grow up, girls who are stillinterested in mud pies than makeup Violet faces her share of issues a long time boy friend whose really nice eyes she s suddenly noticing, a new girl In many ways, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning Walker Books, August 2008 is a coming of age story, but here s the thing Violet Raines is coming of age on her own terms and in her own sweet time Danette Haworth s debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren t in a hurry to grow up, girls who are stillinterested in mud pies than makeup Violet faces her share of issues a long time boy friend whose really nice eyes she s suddenly noticing, a new girl who just moved to town from the city, and a best friend who thinks that glamorous lifestyle is pretty interesting It throws Violet for a loop, and when her friend s family faces financial troubles, Violet has to decide what s really important through all those crazy changes.There are so many things to praise about this novel the lively, quirky characters, Violet s fabulous voice, the Florida in summer setting, painted so perfectly I kept swatting imaginary mosquitoes while I read.I loved this book Really loved it, the way I love fireflies and lake swimming and ice cream cones in summer Any kid you know who loves that sort of thing is going to love it, too I started and finished this book today It s a quick read with enough interesting character interaction to keep you turning the pages I d call it basically a tweener book, not quite young adult but not quite a children s story either The main characters are around the 11 13 age range It reads like a good YA book, though.Now, I m 50 and a long way removed from those days, but I really liked the characters and really got involved with their relatively small troubles There s a lot of honest I started and finished this book today It s a quick read with enough interesting character interaction to keep you turning the pages I d call it basically a tweener book, not quite young adult but not quite a children s story either The main characters are around the 11 13 age range It reads like a good YA book, though.Now, I m 50 and a long way removed from those days, but I really liked the characters and really got involved with their relatively small troubles There s a lot of honesty in this book, and a lot of feel so that you re right there living through the everyday drama and experiences of a young girl named Violet Raines and her friends I really enjoyed it Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.comWhen you ve lived in the same sleepy town your whole life, you get real comfortable As comfortable as a favorite pair of old shoes that you ve broken in good And that s just the way Violet Raines feels about Mitchell Hammock, Florida What s the point in a new pair of shoes that ll just blister your feet It s the summer before junior high and Violet looks forward to spending lazy days with her best friend, Lottie, and feeding the fish under the Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.comWhen you ve lived in the same sleepy town your whole life, you get real comfortable As comfortable as a favorite pair of old shoes that you ve broken in good And that s just the way Violet Raines feels about Mitchell Hammock, Florida What s the point in a new pair of shoes that ll just blister your feet It s the summer before junior high and Violet looks forward to spending lazy days with her best friend, Lottie, and feeding the fish under the old net bridge with Eddie And on scorching hot days, the three like to collect cups for a free BrainFreeze at the gas station nearby Since they live in Florida, they get to do that a lot Then Melissa moves to Mitchell Hammock from Detroit, with her big city ideas and her highfalutin ways, and the atmosphere between her and Violet becomes charged with friction as quickly as the sudden downpour in a summer thunderstorm Florida is the lightening capital of the world, and by the end of the summer, Violet has been burnedthan once and has also managed to hurt both of her friends Somehow, Violet has to figure out how to repair the damage she s done to both Lottie and Eddie, even if it means including Melissa In the process, she just might find out that it s fun to try on that new pair of shoes, and that, in time, they can become just as comfortable as the favorite pair you ve worn forever Danette Haworth has crafted a beautifully written, pleasurable read In VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Violet s spunky, blustery voice is a terrific contrast to her sweet, gentle soul There is something about Violet that reminds me of Opal in Kate DiCamillo s BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE I rarely read a bookthan once, yet as I flipped back through the pages to write this review, I found myself caught up in reading it again This is one of the many reasons that I am awarding VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING a Gold Star Don t miss this one SynopsisFor Violet, the summer before middle school is a tumultuous one A new girl moves to town from Detroit and threatens to get between her and her best friend, lightning strikes her best friends house, and the relationship is changing with her friend Eddie Coming of age is never an easy thing.ReviewDespite all the great reviews, this coming of age story is no Judy Blume The country dialect seemed forced and the main character s voice was inconsistent Sometimes she sounds too young for he SynopsisFor Violet, the summer before middle school is a tumultuous one A new girl moves to town from Detroit and threatens to get between her and her best friend, lightning strikes her best friends house, and the relationship is changing with her friend Eddie Coming of age is never an easy thing.ReviewDespite all the great reviews, this coming of age story is no Judy Blume The country dialect seemed forced and the main character s voice was inconsistent Sometimes she sounds too young for her age, at others she seems too old It never felt like an authentic eleven year old voice Despite all the promises of a spunky and independent protagonist, I didn t find her very sympathetic She was too self centered whiny.The book wasn t entirely unenjoyable The descriptions of the Florida swamps were interesting But the resolution of the book was much too simple and the author fell very short of her goal.Critical ReviewsSchool Library JournalSLJ uses words terms spunk and accute sensitivity The characters I thought were surface and unrealistic, SLJ thought were believable and well developed The discussion points about relationships were present in the book, but they weren t nearly as poignant as this book lets on.KirkusKirkus thinks this story is full of sass Perhaps I missed something in my reading, but this review glows about the competent management oftween issues This review focuses on the relationships and issues presented in the book.Other Bibliographic InformationPublished in 2008 by Walker and Company176 pages There is much to appreciate about Haworth s debut novel At the beginning, I loved the MC s voice Violet is a force to reckon with I want to follow her everywhere I also thoroughly enjoy Haworth s hand at descriptions I experienced the dense, sticky atmosphere of Florida through the ever energetic Violet This story showed great promise.The characters are likable and believable, especially Melissa In fact, I was drawn in by the trouble brewing between her and Violet However, the story s pa There is much to appreciate about Haworth s debut novel At the beginning, I loved the MC s voice Violet is a force to reckon with I want to follow her everywhere I also thoroughly enjoy Haworth s hand at descriptions I experienced the dense, sticky atmosphere of Florida through the ever energetic Violet This story showed great promise.The characters are likable and believable, especially Melissa In fact, I was drawn in by the trouble brewing between her and Violet However, the story s pacing became somewhat choppy As Violet gets consumed by jealousy and confusion I, as a reader, struggle to keep the details straight I turned back pages in order to verify setting which seemed to change eras IMO and I tried to keep interested in Violet who was sadly losing her spark.While I consider myself an optimist and I love happy endings and heroic deeds, the ending in this story seems a bit forced and neatly tied for my taste Leaving be a few wisps of hair would have worked just fine for me During the summer before juniro high Violet learns about friendship and self acceptance Although it s not amazing Haworth s first novel for children is a lovely easy read Violet s life is interrupted when a new girl moves into town and tries to steal ger best friend away from her Violet struggles w feelings of anger as her best friend appears to change but she soon realizes that people can change but still remain close.Young girls will relate to Violets sensitivity while parents can apprecai During the summer before juniro high Violet learns about friendship and self acceptance Although it s not amazing Haworth s first novel for children is a lovely easy read Violet s life is interrupted when a new girl moves into town and tries to steal ger best friend away from her Violet struggles w feelings of anger as her best friend appears to change but she soon realizes that people can change but still remain close.Young girls will relate to Violets sensitivity while parents can apprecaite the honest humor of the book as it sweetly handles issues like wearing make up and kissing boys While this isof a juvenile fiction book, this is a book I ve had for a few years and read multiple times throughout the time I ve had it Don t be turned away from the cliche sound of the back cover this book is about hanging onto a friendship you so desperately want to keep, but feeling like your friend is being pulled away from you like someone else.If you ever need a quick, one day read about beginning to become a teenager and the way your friends change along the way, definitely give While this isof a juvenile fiction book, this is a book I ve had for a few years and read multiple times throughout the time I ve had it Don t be turned away from the cliche sound of the back cover this book is about hanging onto a friendship you so desperately want to keep, but feeling like your friend is being pulled away from you like someone else.If you ever need a quick, one day read about beginning to become a teenager and the way your friends change along the way, definitely give this book a try. i thought it was a great book about friendship.the main character violet and her best friend are having a good summer when Melissa moves from Detroit and is hanging around allot with Lottie and violet gets a little mad cause she starts wearing makeup and different clothes, so then violet starts hanging out with Eddie Mellisa starts teasing her but in the end violet becomes nice and she knows she did the right thing The reasons I didn t love this book sound kind of silly, but here they are Violet had a tendency to be snotty and so did Melissa , and she used bad grammar when no one else in the book really did It made her sound less intelligent than the other characters, and that bothered me I m sure she was realistic, because girls can be snotty where best friends are concerned, and kids use bad grammar Still, both bothered me. This book is one of my favorites I really liked it because it showed a lot of detail and emotion in the story My least favorite part was when Melissa stole Violet s best friend Lotti because they were best friends since they were little and now Lotti thought that Violet was just jealous My favorite part of the story was at the end of the story when Violet s friends and her were hanging out again and talking to each other instead of hating each other.

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning
  • Danette Haworth
  • English
  • 06 October 2019
  • 0802797911