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Going the Distance

Going the Distance

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by Mary Jane Miller
     
 

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Loren Monroe has big plans for her life in Going the Distance. Loren thinks of herself as strong, responsible, and independent. She has to be since because her parents are interested only in painting, writing songs, and moving to a new city every few months, they forget things like registering Loren for school or attending her next swim meet. Loren has had enough.

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Loren Monroe has big plans for her life in Going the Distance. Loren thinks of herself as strong, responsible, and independent. She has to be since because her parents are interested only in painting, writing songs, and moving to a new city every few months, they forget things like registering Loren for school or attending her next swim meet. Loren has had enough. She knows Mom and Dan lover her but she's gone the distance for them, and it's time they came through for her. How can she convince them that she's growing up faster than they realize?


Author Bio: Mary Jane Miller says: The love of story is part of my heritage. One of my earliest memories is drinking tea with my Irish grandmother. When my brother and I would finish our tea, Grandmother read the tealeaves. My own stories, like a quilt, are woven piece-by-piece from an experience, a particular place, a feeling, a question, or a memory.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Loren Monroe's bohemian parents may be fascinating to their peers in the art world, but to Loren they are a real drag. Their high-profile careers compel them to pick up and move every time Loren gets settled in a new place. It's the last straw when they want Loren to make the readjustment of her life: move with them to New York and attend a nearby boarding school. Intrigued by a real painting she once saw, Miller (Me and My Name) tries to go the distance conflict-wise in setting the long-haired, dreamy-looking Loren of the painting ``Loren by the Sea'' (as her mother, the artist, sees her) at complete odds with Loren's true personality and plans. But after this set-up, the tension moves to the back burner. With her parents conveniently stashed in Europe, Loren is free to have lots of lighthearted fun under the roof of her hip, understanding grandmother, though her parents are flown in for a quick conflict fix whenever things seem to be going too smoothly. For the most part the plot travels a well-worn and safely sunlit path of adolescent rebellion-the novel is competent, but cuts no new ground. Ages 8-12. (Oct.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-When her parents go off to Italy for an exhibition that includes one of her mother's paintings, Loren is annoyed to learn that she must live with her grandmother temporarily and start yet another new school. She is torn between wanting to obey her parents and needing to assert her own independence, including a desire to cut her long hair that her mother loves. Although the book's theme rings true, it suffers from underdeveloped characters and hasty scenes. Loren's selfish parents' motivations are never clear, and her grandmother remains a background figure. Although Miller has a good sense of the way an 11-year-old talks and emotes, the disconnected threads and lack of a fully fleshed-out plot and dialogue fail to lift the story above the ordinary.- Susan Knorr, Milwaukee Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780595003310
Publisher:
iUniverse, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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