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Izzy's never been one to complain. Izzy's the nice girl, from a family that believes good manners and a stiff upper lip are key to facing any situation. Even after a car accident leaves her disabled, she's determined not to show how much she's hurting. It takes Rosamunde, ...
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Overview

Izzy's never been one to complain. Izzy's the nice girl, from a family that believes good manners and a stiff upper lip are key to facing any situation. Even after a car accident leaves her disabled, she's determined not to show how much she's hurting. It takes Rosamunde, a girl who seems to care nothing about good manners, to forcibly disrupt Izzy's life and help her face her changed existence.





A car accident causes fifteen-year-old Izzy to lose one leg and face the need to start building a new life as an amputee.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In one of the Newbery Medalist's most poignant novels, a teenager learns to accept the changes in her life after she loses her leg in a car accident. Ages 12-up. Oct.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Izzy begins the story as a "perfect" young adult. She's a cheerleader, pretty, popular, and loved by her family. All that changes one night when she accepts a date with a boy she doesn't even really like. The boy drinks too much at a party, runs his car into a tree, recovers unscathed, but Izzy loses a leg. She is no longer the girl she once was and must re-learn not only how to live her life, but redefine herself and her values.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight (Atheneum, 1986) is the story of a 15-year-old girl coming to terms with the fact that she has lost her leg in an alcohol-related car accident. Actress Mandy Siegfried brings the story to life for listeners. She brilliantly captures the character of Izzy as she struggles with the realization that her life has been changed forever, and gives voice to Izzy's family, friends, and various members of the hospital staff. The narration is accomplished with just the right amount of emotion and articulation. This thought-provoking story easily gives rise to opportunities for serious discussions of numerous issues affecting teenagers today, such as drinking and driving, friendship, popularity, and disabilities.-Darlene Ford, Dauphin County Library System, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9 Before, Izzy's life had been colorful as a pretty, popular cheerleader, but grayness swallows her up after a car accident results in the amputation of her leg. Her trio of girlfriends are too uncomfortable to be around her, but the void of their friendship is filled by unattractive, blunt Rosamunde, who bounds into her life, providing bolstering support. It's Rosamunde's persistence that helps Izzy over the hurdle of returning to school. Several expedients effectively convey Izzy's stages of reaction: the miniature Izzy visualized in her head that does back flips expresses her true feelings; the way denial is demonstrated by Izzy not looking at the empty leg space until 30 pages after the doctor tells her he has to take it off; the cool reserve of the black therapist which makes her ``examine'' herself. As with other Voigt characters, the perspective is from within. Readers see the mental anguish and self-pity through Izzy's eyes. Consciously, the pace is slow, as is the healing process, and the tone is ponderous throughout. The story is about learning to balance: physically as Izzy maneuvers herself on crutches and emotionally as she sorts out her friends and a new self-identification as Isobel. Work on the school paper, the prospect of a prosthesis and Rosamunde's staunch support start to mend her crippled life. No one will be able to finish this story without understanding the psychological trauma an amputee faces. The message is not Willy Nilly.Julie Cummins, Monroe County Lib . System, Rochester, N.Y.
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"[Voigt] conveys a keen understanding of the physical practicalities involved in coping with a handicap."
Booklist, starred review

"Voigt has a gift for writing books that are impossible to put down, not because of breathtaking plots but because her characters so involve the reader in their inner lives. This is a penetrating look at some real people. Izzy is a winner."
Kirkus Reviews

"No one will be able to finish this story without understanding the psychological trauma an amputee faces. The message is not Willy-Nilly."
School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449702147
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/12/1987
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Voigt won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song, the Newbery Honor Award for A Solitary Blue, and the National Book Award Honor for Homecoming, all part of the beloved Tillerman cycle. She is also the author of many other celebrated books for middle grade and teen readers, including Izzy, Willy-Nilly and Jackaroo. She was awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Award in 1995 for her work in literature, and the Katahdin Award in 2004. She lives in Maine.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    :) :D

    Izzy has always been a good girl, A student, pretty, and OK with boys. But when the cutest guy in school asks her to go with him to a party. Her parents are OK with it and she has a blast. Up until she has to leave. Her date has been drinking and is a little out-of-it. Everyone offers her a ride but her date takes her home anyway. Well let's just say he was moe drunk than everyone thought. He rams them into a tree causing Izzy's leg to gey infected. The docter tells her, her leg has to go. Yah, that's right, Izzy's leg is amputated. The rest of the book is about her recovery and a life lesson she will never forget.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2011

    Awesome

    Read this book years ago for school, would love to read it again. Getting my masters in ed and like my students to one day read a book like this; a real eye opener.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Izzy, Willy-Nilly: An Unforgettable, Life-Changing Novel That Gives Teenagers a Different Perspective On Drinking and Driving And Its Consequences!

    Izzy, Willy-Nilly is about a 15 year old girl named Izzy Lingard who has to deal with a disability for the rest of her life. Izzy has everything in life: a supportive family, fantastic friends, and has a spot on the cheerleading team. A senior named Marco Griggers asks Izzy out on a date. Little did she know it would end in a disastrous car crash, losing her leg. This accident changed her life forever, making her life become a challenge. Her friends don't want to be friends with a cripple and her family doesn't understand how she really feels. Suddenly the dorky, no-nothing girl at school named Rosamunde offers her hand in friendship. Rosamunde may be the only person to help Izzy conquer her new life. Izzy, Willy-Nilly only had a few themes/messages including being happy with who you are and what you look like because things could have always been worse, knowing who your real friends are, and making good decisions about a person you just met. Even though Izzy lost her leg from the car accident, nothing worse happened like being on the verge of dying or having a terminal illness. Izzy wasn't going to feel like herself for awhile, but that didn't mean she would completely change. People continuously told Izzy, "How could such a horrible thing happen to such a nice girl." Her sweet personality toward others never changed, but she was more self-conscious with her physical appearance and didn't want people staring at her all the time. In reality, this accident made Izzy stronger! Knowing who Izzy's real friends were helped her realize who she was again. Her three old best friends weren't as close to her after the accident and wouldn't be caught dead with a cripple. Rosamunde, the dorky girl, comes in wanting to be Izzy's friend. She's always honest and open with Izzy and said she would be there for her. This wasn't the type of friend Izzy would ever have, but Rosamunde made Izzy feel like herself again. The last theme was getting to know a personto make a good decision. In this case, Izzy made a bad decision. Izzy hardly even knew this senior and got in the car with him when he had too much to drink. That was a very poor decision. What I liked about this novel was how it was realistic. It really made me look and think about life in a whole new perspective and how quickly a life could change due to drinking and driving. It's scary what a drunk driver could do to change people's life in an instant. I liked the way the author portrayed ideas to the reader by making the novel so realistic; it makes it more interesting to read and you're able to put yourself in Izzy's shoes! The only thing I disliked about the novel was that it was repetitive. When Izzy was at the hospital, all the days were like the first day. Nothing had ever changed. Someone should read this book because it's a very good life lesson for teenagers who have or will experience drinking and driving and its effects on a person. It was interesting and it was easy to relate to Izzy's position. It was a real page turner, with challenges and obstacles Izzy faced. It's a quick read and easy to understand. It's a novel to cherish and is relatable in many ways.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2008

    Just say no.

    The first book I think of, instantly, when someone asks me what my least favorite book is? Two points for you if you guessed Izzy, Willy-Nilly. I don't mean to be rude (Obviously some people liked it) but honestly, if you haven't read this book and are contemplating doing so, don't. Because chances are you will not like it, and there are so many other great books out there. Please look for them.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    good book

    i lik3 dis book

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2006

    AMAZING

    i loved this book! i could literally not put it down! It tells about friendships and even just the regular troubles of a teenage girl. Sorry guys, this book may not be for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    izzy wiilly nilly

    i think that this book was very good and that it is good for young girls to read (and buys of course) it was intresting and entriging i liked it very much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Da Realist Book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You guys will probably think a person like me will end up reading a great book like this but this book was so good i ended up reading 9 and a half chapters the day I checked it out. So you chould read it too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2006

    Izzy Isn¿t So Willy Nilly

    Legs are to humans as flippers are to seals. Izzy Willy Nilly was a fantastic book written by Cynthia Voight. The main characters are Izzy also known as Isobel, her mom, her dad and her friends Lauren, Lisa, and Suzy. Izzy gets into a car crash when she got into a car with a drunken friend. Now Izzy has to get her leg amputated off. Izzy gets her leg amputated but still has the knee part of her body so they can put a fake leg on her. In one point in the book Izzys¿s friends visited her in the hospital but didn¿t act like themselves. They were acting like they didn¿t want to be there because of her missing leg. After that a girl from school named Rosamunde visited her and they became friends quickly. Rosamundes and Izzys friendship turns out to be better and stronger then with Laurens her old friend. Loosing a leg is harsh but gaining a friend is great! Izzy Willy Nilly was actually not the greatest book. Most of the time Izzy just complained about her leg. But the book was a bit interesting because Cynthia Voight wrote it in a good way. Izzy Willy Nilly was an over all bummer of what I thought it would be. Many people read different kinds of books. I recommend this book to people who like to read about people who lose body parts and over come the problem. Also if you like to read challenged books this book is for you. It was among many challenged books. The age of people who want to read this book should be between the ages of 10-15. If you like exciting adventure books this is not the book for you. Recommendations can be helpful and may not be.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2003

    What a way to start your life.

    I thought that this book was awesome. I loved how it was so precise with the details. I felt like it was happening in this town and was one of my friends. I thought that this is how real situations are and that the people who make the accident happen don't even feel sorry for the people that got hurt. I think that this is a really good book to show what really happens when you go to a party with an upper classmen and they are drinking. So if you want to read a really good book about a hardship in a teen's life this is a wonderful book to show you that.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2003

    This book was the best book I have ever read.

    I really liked this book because it explained everything with great detail. As I read this book, I got a picture in my mind of what was happening every word that I read. I really recommend this book if you want to read something about real teen situations.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2003

    It was one of the best books I've ever read!

    This book, I think, is very good because it deals with issues that a teenager has to face almost every day. It was very realistic, I felt like I was there in the same room as Izzy and Roseumunde. It was a great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2002

    Great Book!

    Though the title makes it sound childish, it's really a great book for teens. I thought it was a great book even though it was pretty sad at some parts. It made me feel like I was actually Izzy trying to adjust to life with one leg. I know now that I couldn't handle it, and it made me think twice about amputees in general. I recommend it to anyone wants an inspirational book to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2002

    Touching

    I first read this book in the 7th grade. I must admit it touched me greatly then as it does still today when I read it. I couldn't believe how sad it made me feel. Going through the same ordeals as Izzy helps us all. Now at 19, I recommend every freshman to read it because our school had a history of drunk drivers and has died down for quite sometime over the past 10 years. I think it would make any love struck teenager think twice before accepting a date from a 'jock' who parties.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Steven

    Really sorry. My parent almost caught me twice last nught.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    Izzy

    "Please just fu<_>ck me." She adjusts herself on the counter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Really good but......

    I really like this book but feel like the story is kind of not really finished...author should have written a sequel....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2013

    Plz stop

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Dream

    It was awsome

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  • Posted December 14, 2012

    Izzy Willy Nilly By Cynthia Voigt Was A Really Good Book . It Le

    Izzy Willy Nilly By Cynthia Voigt Was A Really Good Book . It Left Me Shocked About The Things That Happened To Izzy The Chamges She Had In Her Life Her Life Was Actually Changed Forever All Because Of A Drunk Driver .Altopugh The Drunk Driver Was Her Date To the Party She Went To .Her Friends Giving Her Back On Her Was Really Bad In My Place iWould Of Felt Bad Also . Especially If iWas In A Hospital Bed Like Her . This Book Is Actually Worth Reading For Take your Time And Check It Out .
    -DG &lt;3

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