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Goodbye to Atlantis

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When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine _ beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.

Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Richard, Nicholas's dashing father, lives up to Stella's expectations of glamour.

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Overview

When Stella imagined her trip to England, she pictured herself as a girl in the pages of a magazine _ beach parties with cute boys, surfing off the coast, exploring ancient castles.

Instead, she finds herself in a flat with her father's weird girlfriend, Skye, and no one to hang out with but Nicholas, a distant cousin who seems to hate her. Only Richard, Nicholas's dashing father, lives up to Stella's expectations of glamour.

Resigning herself to a lonely summer, Stella begins to think more about the mother she lost eight years ago. She has spent her life trying to live up to the ideal of the glamorous woman she knows mostly through photos.

What Stella comes to realize, however, about her mother, Richard, Nicholas, Skye, and even herself, is that appearances mean little. For although Richard seems perfect, he is involved in something quite dangerous. And what began as a vacation, turns out to be a soul-searching journey that leaves Stella with a better understanding of herself, her past, and, most importantly, her future.

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Stella had been looking forward to her trip to England with her father, but when an accident leaves him with a broken leg, Stella is forced to share the trip with her hippieish stepmother, Skye, a woman very different from Stella's deceased model-mother. Skye dresses in kaftans and overalls and doesn't wear makeup, while Stella, trying to be the child she thinks her mother would want, puts great thought into her clothes, hair and figure. Stella anticipates meeting her handsome cousin, Nicholas, but on her first meeting with him, he is sullen and distant. Just when her vacation seemed lost, she finds herself in the midst of a mystery. Stella and Nicholas decide to find out whether or not his uncle is smuggling illegal aliens into Britain. Through this adventure, Stella forms a friendship with Nicholas and finds peace, not just with her stepmother, but also with herself. This is an adventure story and the action scenes are very well written. The character of Stella, however, may be hard for some kids to relate to; she is very rich without being aware of it and casually refers to activities (such as a trip overseas) as if everyone does it. Still, it is a good story and good readers will appreciate it. 2001, Stoddart Kids/Stoddart Publishing,
— Heather Robertson
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Fourteen-year-old Stella MacLeod is thrilled when she learns that her father is giving her a birthday trip to England. However, she has to travel with her father's strange girlfriend when her father is injured. Disgruntled, Stella meets a distant cousin, Nicholas, who seems to dislike her on sight and she wonders why she came. As Stella gets to know Nicholas better, they both get involved in a mystery surrounding Nicholas' father. As the five weeks of her trip progress, Stella gets to know herself better and decides she can become whatever she wants if she leaves her past behind and looks to the future. A coming-of-age story with a good message for younger teens. KLIATT Codes: J—Recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Stoddart Kids, 232p.,
— Barbara Jo McKee
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Gr 5-8-Like many adolescent girls, 14-year-old Stella is preoccupied with appearances. She wants to be like her fashion-designer mother, who exuded glamour in every photo Stella idolizes and who died eight years earlier. When her father breaks his leg and can't accompany her to London, Stella is stuck in Cornwall with his artist girlfriend, Skye, a woman she openly dislikes. The book moves slowly even as the teen visits Nicholas, a 15-year-old cousin who seems inexplicably hostile to her. The only person who meets Stella's ideals is Richard, Nick's handsome dad. But appearances are misleading. Nicholas and the story warm up when Stella helps him save a baby seal, and he causes her to look at his father and Skye in new ways. Actually, although she is caring, Skye can be as strident as the book's sometimes heavy-handed message to look beyond surfaces. Stella's story becomes most compelling when she gets trapped on Richard's boat while he smuggles illegal aliens into the country. Her development into a rounded, feisty heroine is believable as are Nicholas's scruples about turning his father in. A two-generation prequel of sorts, Harrison's A Bushel of Light (Stoddard, 2001) features Stella's grandmother, Maggie. Atlantis takes a contemporary girl, too concerned about looks, on a transforming journey that will ring true to its intended audience.-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780773762299
  • Publisher: Stoddart Kids
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 231
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 7.61 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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