Do-over

Do-over

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by Christine Hurley Deriso
     
 

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Imagine having the power to turn back time. Not 100 years—just 10 seconds. Enough to take back those embarrassing missteps and wrong answers.

Elsa’s mom died suddenly one year ago, but she appears one night to grant Elsa do-over power. Elsa thinks she dreamt it until she utters the words the next morning and watches her whole world rewind 10 seconds

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Imagine having the power to turn back time. Not 100 years—just 10 seconds. Enough to take back those embarrassing missteps and wrong answers.

Elsa’s mom died suddenly one year ago, but she appears one night to grant Elsa do-over power. Elsa thinks she dreamt it until she utters the words the next morning and watches her whole world rewind 10 seconds.

Elsa needs the do-over power to become cool at her new school. It’s fun taking people’s answers and being a star student one day, and gossip queen the next. Even the ultra-popular Slice Girls want to be her friend now. Elsa can re-do anything until she gets it right. So why doesn’t her new life feel so perfect?


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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Everyone has made a fool of themselves, said something they have regretted, wished they could go back and undo what they have said or done or do something better if they only had a second chance. Elsa has been given that second chance. She is coping with her mother's death and a move to a new town and a new school. It is hard—until Elsa discovers that she has been given a magical do-over power. Now Elsa can do-over in all her classes, come up with the right answers, and be a star student. Now she can hear the latest gossip and jump back ten seconds and be the first to pass it on. In fact she can do anything over and over again until she gets it right. But somehow her life does not seem quite right. Maybe Elsa is feeling like a fake; maybe she does not want to fake it anymore. A funny and sympathetic story about a teenage girl coping with a new school, new friends, and figuring out the best way to be cool, popular and brilliant. 2006, Delacorte Press/Random House, Ages 11 to 14.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Elsa is having a hard time. Her mother recently died and she is moving to a new school right before the end of seventh grade. On her first day, she is ridiculed by Darcy and her friends, the ber-popular clique that Elsa would love to be a part of, or so she thinks. Thanks to a special appearance by her mom and a magical family heirloom, Elsa is gifted with the power of do-over: she can rewind the last 10 seconds of her life and change it as many times as she wants to, until her 13th birthday in a month's time. No, this is not a Lindsay Lohan movie; it's a typical coming-of-age, finding-yourself-among-snobs novel. Unfortunately, the writing is average and the characters are not fleshed out. Readers don't get much more than stereotypes: Elsa, the struggling newbie; Darcy, the stuck-up cheerleader; and Martin, the cute nerd. The theme is a bit too obvious and Elsa learns her lessons all too easily. Average fare, with a fast pace and lots of dialogue but little depth.-Carly B. Wiskoff, Sayville Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Deriso explores the possibility of having dreams coming true in this light comedy, told in the first person. Twelve-year-old Elsa Alden is overjoyed to be moving with her dad to a new town to live with her maternal grandmother, but is less enthusiastic about starting a new school in the middle of seventh grade. Predictably, her first day doesn't go well. Soon after, Elsa's dead mother visits her and gives her a magical pendant. For one month, Elsa can rewind the world for ten seconds by saying, "Do-over. . . . Just long enough to fix an embarrassing moment. For one month only." The pendant offers Elsa many opportunities, from stealing answers to passing on gossip. When Elsa is accused of cheating, she makes plans to give Darcy, the most popular girl in her class, her comeuppance, yet is unable to follow through with Darcy's ultimate humiliation. Though her comments seem older than her years (the seventh-graders are reading To Kill a Mockingbird), middle-schoolers who long to be popular may find this somewhat predictable story enjoyable. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375890918
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
275 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Christine Hurley Deriso's picture book, Dreams to Grow On, received the 2003 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Most Inspirational to Youth category. She lives in North Augusta, South Carolina.


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Do-over 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely suggested if you want a fun read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thus is a very great book you will love it may be sad in the begining but i loooooooooove it.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
There have been many times in my life when I've said or done something so incredibly stupid that all I wish is that I could go back in time and do it differently. In my case, and most everyone else's, going back and fixing our mistakes isn't a possibility. For thirteen-year old, Elsa Alden, however, the same rules don't apply. Sure, her life isn't perfect; after all, her mother is still dead, her father is still moving her away to Harbin Springs, South Carolina in the middle of seventh grade, and she'll be leaving her best friend, Lani, behind. But things are about to start looking up.

First, she finds an old silver heart locket on a chain in her mom's old dresser at her grandmother's house. Her first day of school at Harbin Springs Middle School aren't as great as she had hoped, though. There's Queen Darcy, the most popular girl in the school, who seems to have already targeted Elsa as her next victim. Thankfully, her mother comes to her rescue by appearing to her in a dream and imparting the wisdom of that old locket, which just happens to have do-over power. Elsa can now turn back time--not years or even days, but by ten seconds. Which just happens to be enough time to redo whatever stupid thing she's just said or done.

Elsa knows just what she'll use her new do-over powers for--instant popularity. Sure, Darcy and her gang are shallow and fake, but they are the epitome of what it means to be popular. Plus, she can look extremely intelligent to her teachers, or show that she knows what she's doing when it comes to makeup (even if her Dad would kill her for wearing it), or even just appear to know all the juicy school gossip before anyone else. Need to go back and make yourself look good? Simply touch the locket, utter the words "do-over," and time goes back to ten seconds before.

Of course, Elsa's do-over ability causes some serious side effects that she hadn't planned on. Sure, there are some advantages to looking smart, and being popular, but there are also downfalls that she'd never imagined. As Elsa learns that do-over magic might not be as wonderful as she'd originally thought, she does learn about friendship, family loyalty, and dealing with the loss of her mother.

DO-OVER is a great book that teens will definitely enjoy, especially when they think about what they could do with their own powers to turn back time. Funny, imaginative dialogue and interesting characters make this a truly enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked this book because it teaches you a great life lesson and plus, i loved the cover!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There have been many times in my life when I've said or done something so incredibly stupid that all I wish is that I could go back in time and do it differently. In my case, and most everyone else's, going back and fixing our mistakes isn't a possibility. For thirteen-year-old, Elsa Alden, however, the same rules don't apply. Sure, her life isn't perfect after all, her mother is still dead, her father is still moving her away to Harbin Springs, South Carolina in the middle of seventh grade, and she'll be leaving her best friend, Lani, behind. But things are about to start looking up. First, she finds an old silver heart locket on a chain in her mom's old dresser at her grandmother's house. Her first day of school at Harbin Springs Middle School aren't as great as she had hoped, though. There's Queen Darcy, the most popular girl in the school, who seems to have already targeted Elsa as her next victim. Thankfully, her mother comes to her rescue by appearing to her in a dream and imparting the wisdom of that old locket, which just happens to have do-over power. Elsa can now turn back time--not years or even days, but by ten seconds. Which just happens to be enough time to redo whatever stupid thing she's just said or done. Elsa knows just what she'll use her new do-over powers for--instant popularity. Sure, Darcy and her gang are shallow and fake, but they are the epitome of what it means to be popular. Plus, she can look extremely intelligent to her teachers, or show that she knows what she's doing when it comes to makeup (even if her Dad would kill her for wearing it), or even just appear to know all the juicy school gossip before anyone else. Need to go back and make yourself look good? Simply touch the locket, utter the words 'do-over,' and time goes back to ten seconds before. Of course, Elsa's do-over ability causes some serious side effects that she hadn't planned on. Sure, there are some advantages to looking smart, and being popular, but there are also downfalls that she'd never imagined. As Elsa learns that do-over magic might not be as wonderful as she'd originally thought, she does learn about friendship, family loyalty, and dealing with the loss of her mother. DO-OVER is a great book that teens will definitely enjoy, especially when they think about what they could do with their own powers to turn back time. Funny, imaginative dialogue and interesting characters make this a truly enjoyable read.