Going the Distance

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

Loren wants to stay in one place, make friends, and be on a swimming team, but her parents are artists who keep moving every few months.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595003310
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2003

    Going the distance review

    Loren a girl that is a very smart and good kid that one day she has to move, where she meets a girl her age. Then one day her mom and dad had to go to europe where her mom has a peice in a art show. So poor loren has to go live with her grandma. At first she is so mad to be going but after shegets there and meets a girl witch lived right next door to her grandma with her brother. One day she and her friend try out and geuss what they both make it. The next day she finds out that the guy next door is in love with her. To find out if she makes it or breaks it with that guy. This is a book so good that you will not but it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    A Review by an Author Herself!!!

    My review of this book was that it was excellent. I had a great time reading it. I've read it more than 10 times and I still enjoy Going the Distance. Going the distance is about a 12 year old girl that has to keep moving. Her parents are artists and one of her mother's paintings gets selected to tour the galleries of Europe. The girl gets left with her grandmother in Lake Shore Illinois. She struggles with moving, and wanting to cut her hair. She loves swimming and that's one of the focus points of the book. I seriously recomend this book. I study books, looking for ideas and often I'm lucky if I get over 7, this book gave me more. I'm an author that writes realistic and historical fiction mostly but I do write a bit of fantasy. This book I enjoyed a lot and defenitly benifited me.

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