Girl Who Changed the World

Girl Who Changed the World

by Delia Ephron
     
 

"Violet Sparks, nearly 11, reaches her limit when her brother, Simon . . . smashes a fly on her head while she is performing at her piano recital. She proceeds to organize the younger siblings in her neighborhood into an army that demands retribution and change. . . . Ephron's novel is not only a very funny story, but could also be a great discussion-starter about… See more details below

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"Violet Sparks, nearly 11, reaches her limit when her brother, Simon . . . smashes a fly on her head while she is performing at her piano recital. She proceeds to organize the younger siblings in her neighborhood into an army that demands retribution and change. . . . Ephron's novel is not only a very funny story, but could also be a great discussion-starter about relationships, families, and power." -- School Library Journal

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The brand of ludicrousness found in this slight volume will especially appeal to disgruntled youngsters who have endured any form of torture from older siblings. For Violet Sparks, the last straw comes during a piano recital when older brother Simon squashes a ``humongous, hairy'' fly on her head. After carefully plotting revenge tactics, Violet gathers cohorts Melissa (repeatedly demeaned by sister Suzette), Artie (overshadowed by his music-prodigy brother) and six-year-old Davy, whose ego has been slowly deflated by prissy Margaret. Together the band of ``youngers'' (which includes a few harassed pets) carries out a scheme that inevitably puts the ``olders'' in their place. It is only at the final moment before victory, when Violet and her troop have a chance to do in her brother, that the pint-sized avenger has a change of heart. Not to be taken too seriously, with its cartoonish characterizations and slightly morbid slapstick humor, this spoof offers lots of yuks but is not likely to be read twice. Ages 8-11. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-This book gives new meaning to the term ``sibling rivalry.'' The story will delight younger brothers and sisters who have spent their lives at the mercy of ``the olders.'' Violet Sparks, nearly 11, reaches her limit when her brother, Simon, after teasing her, reading her diary, writing in it, and insulting her, smashes a fat fly on her head while she is performing at her piano recital. She proceeds to organize the younger siblings in her neighborhood into an army that demands retribution and change. ``The youngers'' are determined to win apologies with their wits, not with weapons. Their parents are portrayed as being unaware of their children's problems. Ephron captures well the snappy dialogue and concerns of preadolescents. The plot moves quickly and surely towards the conclusion's twist-Violet realizes that she really does love Simon, and that her feelings are reciprocated. The friendship of all the siblings at the end signals the youngers' victory in changing the world. Wouldn't it be wonderful if this weren't a fantasy? Ephron's novel is not only a very funny story, but could also be a great discussion-starter about relationships, families, and power.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Sheilamae O
Violet has been tormented by her older brother Simon all her life, but when he squashes a fly on her head during her piano recital, she vows revenge. She forms an army of children who have been victims of older siblings' teasing. Together, they train and learn their place in a grand scheme devised by Violet and, in one glorious day and night, avenge a lifetime of wrongs. Ephron has written a delightful farce in which the younger children--the nerds, wimps, scapegoats, and scaredy-cats--overthrow their insufferable older brothers and sisters. In the end, peace is attained, and everyone learns the value of family ties. A delightful fantasy for younger sibs and a cautionary tale for older ones.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395661390
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/15/1993
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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