Izzy, Willy-Nilly

Izzy, Willy-Nilly

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by Cynthia Voigt

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One moment can change a life forever.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy has it all -- a loving family, terrific friends, a place on the cheerleading squad. But her comfortable world crumbles when a date with a senior ends in a car crash and she loses her right leg.
Suddenly nothing is the same. The simplest tasks become enormous challenges. Her friends don't seem


One moment can change a life forever.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy has it all -- a loving family, terrific friends, a place on the cheerleading squad. But her comfortable world crumbles when a date with a senior ends in a car crash and she loses her right leg.
Suddenly nothing is the same. The simplest tasks become enormous challenges. Her friends don't seem to know how to act around her. Her family is supportive, but they don't really want to deal with how much she's hurting.
Then Rosamunde extends a prickly offer of friendship. Rosamunde definitely isn't the kind of girl Izzy would have been friends with in her old life. But Rosamunde may be the only person who can help Izzy face her new one.

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.
From the Publisher
"[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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Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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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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Izzy, Willy-Nilly 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
paigeturner77 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book about a girl who's life take a crazy and unexpected turn. I really liked this book cuz of the way Izzy(the girl) handels everything. I was a little disapointed tho cuz there were aton of typos
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book to read. Read this one!
BluDiamond_2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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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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It was awsome
GuzmanD More than 1 year ago
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 <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Izzy Willy-Nilly is a very good and intersting book. It made me think about all the things you have to think through before you do something. It's a book worth reading. it's a real eye opener. - nathally
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is really good especially for teens who drive drunk or get in a car with a drunk driver-Tiffany Williams
madison_maree More than 1 year ago
what stuffed animal did izzys little sister give to her in the hostpital?? need the answer ASAP!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book, but she was way to whiney and complained too much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yeah ... i read this book and i'm a teen it shows you some really sad issuse she went one date and she lose everything her friends dreams ... everything made me re think where and what i do i liked the book and would tell other teens to read it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing you cant seem tp put ot down it is relly sad but people read this it is a realy good book