Don't Look and It Won't Hurt

Don't Look and It Won't Hurt

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by Richard Peck, Holt Rinehart Winston
     
 

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Carol Patterson is a sixteen-year-old girl beset with problems. She feels lonely and unpoular at school. Her quiet bookishness and shabby clothes make her something of an outcast. Her mother can barely support Carol and her sisters with her job as a hostess at a roadside restaurant. To make matters worse, Carol's older sister, Ellen, becomes pregnant and must come to

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Carol Patterson is a sixteen-year-old girl beset with problems. She feels lonely and unpoular at school. Her quiet bookishness and shabby clothes make her something of an outcast. Her mother can barely support Carol and her sisters with her job as a hostess at a roadside restaurant. To make matters worse, Carol's older sister, Ellen, becomes pregnant and must come to a decision about the fate of her baby. Although overburdened with worry, Carol tries valiantly to help her sister and continue on her own road to maturity. Does she have the endurance to make it through these hard times?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This affecting novel concerns a 16-year-old girl who faces personal adversities on many fronts. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Janet L. Rose
Carol is the middle child in a fatherless family and is caught in the middle between her mother's tirades and an older sister, Ellen, who gets pregnant and must move to another city to have the baby. The contrast between their turbulent home life and the gentle family with whom Ellen lives is palatable. The book moves slowly until Carol takes a bus, unbeknownst to her mother, to see her sister. The adventure and encounter with Ellen help Carol mature and see there are two ways of looking at a situation. She is able to return home, to love her mother, and understand her yelling. Good for high school students who may feel trapped in their present situation.
barneandnoble.com
"Out at the city limits, there's this sign that says: WELCOME TO CLAYPITTS, PEARL OF THE PRAIRIE, and if you'd believe that, you'd believe anything." So begins the rueful story of Carol Patterson, a girl in the middle: in the middle of her sisters, in the middle of her teens, in the middle of all her family's problems. But there's hope for Carol, a girl whose outlook is not nearly as grim as the events that surround her -- an aloof older sister whose problems unexpectedly become part of Carol's life, and a younger sister who -- with Carol's love -- opens up her private world, and her mother, a woman who has given up hope in the face of a grueling routine existence. Finally, there is the Road, the huge interstate highway that swings around Claypitts and vanishes into the distance on the way to the World Outside. All are part of the journey that Carol must to take in order to make the crucial step toward maturity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440212133
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/01/1992
Pages:
178
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Peck is the author of over twenty highly acclaimed novels for young readers, spanning nearly three decades. He was awarded a Newbery Honor in 1999 for A Long Way from Chicago. Born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, Mr. Peck now lives in New York City.

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Don't Look and It Won't Hurt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like how this story was developed. It shows the life of a family where there is only one parent and the straggle of the kids to understand and deal with the problems. After I read this book I found out some questions like What happened between the parents? maybe more about the sister with the problem of being pregnant as a teenager also more about Carol how she continue her life without getting too much in someone else life and finally about their mother how she change her character. Other wise everything was pretty interesting and it really gat to me emotionally because it make me see the world in the eyes of a teenager.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, because it brings up things that really happen in reality. This was a very good book. I loved it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was outstanding and realistic and affecting