Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

Here's to You, Rachel Robinson

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by Judy Blume

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Rachel's a straight-A student, on every teacher's wish list of Natural Helpers, and she practices the flute 45 minutes a day. But she grinds her teeth at night and dreads dinnertime, now that her troublemaker brother, Charles, has been expelled from boarding school and is back home, acting up to get attention from their parents.


Rachel's a straight-A student, on every teacher's wish list of Natural Helpers, and she practices the flute 45 minutes a day. But she grinds her teeth at night and dreads dinnertime, now that her troublemaker brother, Charles, has been expelled from boarding school and is back home, acting up to get attention from their parents.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Continuing the story begun in Just As Long As We're Together , Blume here focuses on Rachel, one of three best friends. This gifted, highly motivated student who, according to her mother, was ``born thirty-five,'' feels somewhat out of sync with Stephanie and Alison as seventh grade draws to a close. Then, when Rachel's acerbic older brother is expelled from boarding school, life at home becomes equally unsettling--and decidedly unpleasant. Rachel's incisive, first-person narration easily draws readers into her complicated world as she learns to cope with the pressures brought on by her relentless quest to be the best at everything and by her troubled family situation. Perceptive, strong storytelling ensures that other characters' points of view (particularly Rachel's brother's) can also be discerned. Blume once again demonstrates her ability to shape multidimensional characters and to explore--often through very convincing dialogue--the tangled interactions of believable, complex people. Ages 11-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Blume writes this story centered around Rachel, one of the trio of friends which include Alison and Stephanie, from other adolescent stories. Rachel is an overachiever, musically talented, easily embarrassed by her brother, and trying to cope-just like every other child in this age group. This humorous accounting is a snippet of Rachel's seventh grade year, one filled with questioning, emotion, and looking for a comfortable place. Reading this tale, an adolescent may believe it is HER life in print.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Here's a family story for older readers. Blume fans will happily welcome this sequel to Just as Long as We're Together. When Rachel's brother Charles is expelled from boarding school, his sarcasm and brutal honesty combine to tear apart relationships and psyches in the Robinson house. Rachel, an overachiever, blames Charles until she begins to look below the surface and see hard truths about her own life. Blume again helps young adults examine appearances and family unhappiness with humor in a fast-paced story.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-This is the second book in what will likely become a trilogy revolving around three 13-year-old friends, Stephanie, Rachel, and Alison. In Just As Long As We Are Together (Orchard, 1987), Stephanie described the turmoils of the first half of seventh grade. Here, Rachel picks up the narrative. Her intelligence and drive have always set her apart, and now her emotions are in a state of turbulence. The unwelcome return of her rebellious brother from boarding school unsettles her family, which is dominated by the intense and highly successful Mrs. Robinson. Charles wreaks havoc through his volatile behavior and cruel, but often insightful, attacks on his sisters and parents. Rachel also struggles to find a balance at school, where increasing pressures threaten to overwhelm her. While dealing with these concerns, she becomes attracted to an older man and longs for her peers to accept her. A master at conveying the values and mores of the upper-middle class, Blume excels in her descriptions of family life and adolescent friendships. Her characterization is powerful and compelling. Rachel's strong narrative voice, couched in simple, direct language, realistically conveys her intense self-preoccupation. Though Rachel is an unusual personalitity, the author never loses sight of the common threads running through the lives of all teenagers. She draws on the universal themes of awakening sexuality and emerging identities to capture and hold her audience. Preteens will snap this one up.-Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Ilene Cooper
Blume is back near the top of her form in this companion to "Just as long as We're Together" (1987). This time the focus is on another of the three friends introduced in that story, narrator Rachel Robinson. Rachel, a child prodigy (as her brother, Charles, snidely calls her), has a penchant for doing her homework on time, doing the right thing, and, in general, living up to her potential. Her 16-year-old sister, Jessica, also aims high, despite a serious case of cystic acne. It's middle sibling Charles who sees himself as the mirror that reflects the family's flaws, and he relishes the job, labeling his mother an ice princess, his father a wimp, and Jessica a potato head. Meanwhile, he has flunked out of school, smokes dope, and generally turns up the pilot light hoping to burn the family. Blume does a fine job of showing, rather than telling, so the reader really understands the family dynamics and Charles' motivations (some of them, anyway). But she also has a tendency to skim the surface, and just when readers really get interested in a particular story line--for instance, how difficult it is for Jessica to deal with her acne--Blume whisks you away to some other situation, such as an older cousin's flirtation with a married man or Rachel's feelings that friends Alison and Stephanie like each other better than they do her. What Blume gets so right is the stress of modern family life, just as wearing on the kids as on the adults. Everyone tries to keep going, but it's like running an obstacle course where the hurdles are everywhere and awfully high to boot.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
57.50(w) x 85.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Blume is known and loved by millions of readers for her funny, honest, always believable stories. She lives in New York City.

Brief Biography

New York's Upper East Side, Key West, and Martha's Vineyard
Date of Birth:
February 12, 1938
Place of Birth:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
B.S. in education, New York University, 1961

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Here's to You, Rachel Robinson 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
This was a great book to keep in mind daily. I would recommend this book to many people because it is a way to not run a household. For instance when the brother of Rachel Robinson "Charles" comes in and ruins everything in there life¿s and at home. As it continues Charles is sent to school on another island when Rachel and her sister are greatly relieved for a month or so... when they see him walk into the front door and they nearly drop to the floor. Rachel and Jessica beg there parents to get Charles some help in respecting and schooling but they don¿t do anything about it. When one day they couldn¿t put up with it, there was arguing, disrespecting, and much more family problems. They got Charles some HELP. When us kids in Junior High grow up this sets a great example to us when we come face to face with a family. Husband, wife, and kids. If there is a problem ever at home you should always not let problems go on and on, fix them and put the puzzle back together happy, and lovable. For instance in this book Rachel¿s parents let the problem go and on and nothing got better, don¿t ever do that in those types of situations at your house. This is why I recommend this book to read it. Always learn from your mistakes, fix your family problems right away. Keep an eye out for this book because it is sure a book to remember and a wonderful example to use when you are in the same situation. Rachel and Jessica had to suffer through just from one brother, you don¿t want to end up like them, if you ever had your own daughters and sons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The three characters are Rachel, Stephanie, and Alison. Rachel is one of the girls that always gets am A+. Teachers always pick her to help them. She loves the flute. She likes the flute so much that she practices her flute for forty-five minutes a day. Rachel has a lot of problems with her brother. Her parents give all the attention to her brother because he always gets in trouble in school. She is in the end of seventh grade. She wants to be perfect in the end of 7th grade. She is trying to do a lot of stuff by helping everybody and keeping her friendship with Stephanie and Alison. I think this is a really good book because it is very funny and interesting. The book is very intresting because I like the way Judy Blume is honest. This story is so interesting that it seemed like you read for only 3 minutes and you kept going. You might dislike the book if you are in high school because it talks about middle school. It does not have a a lot of characters. I imagined everything that they were talking about. It has a a lot of problems and is funny. Be sure to read to Here¿s to you Rachel Robinson to share more of Rachel, Stephanie, and Alison¿s
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a great book. But i stiil think there should be a book about Alison now!!!!!
lilmudduckmuffineater More than 1 year ago
I used to love this book in Jr. High but after reading it again I really can tell you I won't be reading it again.It's not a bad book,it's just something I don't plan on reading again.I think I have already ruined the great memories I had of it. It's weird how the things we used to love are not the same as we get older! I would say if you're maybe a preteen or under 14 this book is for you and you will love it! : )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started to read the book and I fewl that this book is going to be good. So every girl out there should buy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is epic evey girl should read this book. This is book 2 from just as long as we're together by judy blum
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Judy Blume is great! Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing and Just As Long As Were Together are some of my other favorites. I would totally recomend this to my friends. It has a lot of swearing but besides that its good.~ 10 year old girl
lukeesha More than 1 year ago
This book for me was good because I could relate to it. Except for the fact that it takes place for a like 7th grader but I can still relate to it 'cause I'm a teenager.
Guest More than 1 year ago
great book u sould really read it my fav books r ofcoures just as long as were together and here's to u rachel robison and im not really a reader judy blume writes the only books i will read
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was an awesome book!!! I read the whole thing in 2 days. I couldnt stop reading it in between classes and being home. A DEFINITE MUST HAVE!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so tight and I do wish that Judy Blume would make a follow-up book.I NEED to know what happens with Rachel and Jeremy and I think her brother sounds cool so I have to know about him!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a sequal to 'Just as Long as We're Together.' All of the Robinson's family trouble starts when Rachel's older brother, Charles, comes home from boarding school in Vermont. Rachel thinks this is the end of her great life, and, her sister, Jessica, seems to think so too. Charles never eats dinner with his family, and, late at night when Rachel goes to gt tea, Charles is always there, eating cold leftovers. Rachel and Jessica beg their parents to do something, and, all they do is sign a contract with a family therapist tha says they won't be mean and other things. Ij yhe end, not everything works out, but, the family's problems are resolved in many ways.- Adrianna Lawson, Reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book. Mainly because Rachel is a lot like me. She and I both play flute, we have the same name, and we both go to music camp each year. She also goes through many things that I have gone through in my life at the time I was her age. What many people will like about this book is it's heartwarming, funny, and something they can relate to in their life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge judy blume fan i havent read this book yet but im about to so i gtg biii
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Here's To You Rachel Robinson" is honestly one of the greatest books I have ever read. Hopefully,one day this book will be looked at as the equivalent to "Great Expectations" or "Little Women" because that's what it deserves. Here's To You,Rachel Robinson!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good book and this book does not have swearing in it at all so stop lying i just read it!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
rachel is a girl who has trouble at home because her brother charles come's home and he is cruel and he treats her very bad.Rachel secertly has a crush on her brother's tutor paul.she is also having fun with the most hot 9th grader.she is dealing with a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I felt like i could relate to Rachel and I understood all her problems. This is a great book. It gives girls my age a new way to look at life and to try to understand there older brothers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
im in middle school and i had to read this book 4 a book report i didnt want to at first because it looked boring but it was accually really good and its more of a girl book then guys but guys feel free to get this book to its filled with adventure and exsitmant i promise u you will luv this book unless u dont like to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I read it 2 years ago, and I still remember it. Judy Blume outdid herself on this one. I liked it a lot more than 'As Long As We're Together,' I really just thought that I like the main character more, but i loved this book. It was amazing. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved it! I read it two times in a row! Judy Blume is a great author and makes you think you are one of the three best friends in this novel. My friends even loved it! It's the perfect friendship book ever!!!! Great for BFF!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I am a Blume fan but now like Sarah Dessen better...but that isn't the point. I love Blume's books, w/ the exception of boring old Forever, which I still have read more than once (boring characters!!! Hello?). Rachel Robinson's got spirit and pizazz, as most of Blume's characters do. Her troublemaking bro Charles just adds to things. Rachel is certainly everything he isn't and Blume's contrasting of these two characters is quite interesting - their exchanging of words, petty 'lil arguments, sarcasm, etc. This is one of Blume's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to read it to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Here's 2 U Rachel Robinson is the awsomest of awsome! You SOOOOOOOOOO need to read it! PLease do Judy a favor and help her out! This book is for mature gurlz who are going through periods and normal hormones.