Kathleen, Please Come Home

Kathleen, Please Come Home

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by Scott O'Dell

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After her mother accidentally causes the death of her Mexican boyfriend, Kathleen runs away and becomes addicted to drugs, as told through diary entries. Immigration and drugs are hot topics. Ages 13+


After her mother accidentally causes the death of her Mexican boyfriend, Kathleen runs away and becomes addicted to drugs, as told through diary entries. Immigration and drugs are hot topics. Ages 13+

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Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Fifteen year-old Kathleen lives in California, near Mexico. She is a good student and a good daughter. Her life is boring. She craves excitement. Then she meets Sybil Langley, the new girl at her school. Sybil represents everything that Kathleen wants to be: confident, impulsive, and full of adventure. Sybil is also trouble. She takes advantage of sheltered Kathleen and deceptively weaves Kathleen into her web of adventures, lies, and eventually, drugs. As all of this unfolds, Kathleen chronicles her escapades in her diary, just as her mom does. Adding to all of Kathleen's new adventures is Ramon, an illegal immigrant that she falls in love with. Ramon wants to marry her, but her mom disapproves. Then he disappears. Sybil thinks her mom has something to do with his disappearance. Kathleen does not want to believe this, but it turns out to be true. Tragedy strikes and Kathleen is both heart broken and furious. So she runs away to Mexico with Sybil—no rules, no school, no parents, no responsibilities, just a lot of fun. However, running away does not resolve problems, it creates new problems. The girls run out of money, and Kathleen falls ill. This complicated, action packed, teenage adventure offers many twists and turns and results in two female teens stuck in the heart of Mexico. Kathleen thinks that going home is probably a good idea, but Sybil does not want to go back. Is it best to stay in Mexico? Is her mom looking for her? Does anyone care? What will Kathleen do? This gritty young adult novel spans five months and deals with mature situations and issues, such as peer pressure, teen sex, drug use and addiction, teen pregnancy, and running away. Recommended high school classes for this subject matter include social studies, humanities, and English. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 16 Years

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

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Kathleen, Please Come Home 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looks at her and sis thanks. Do u have aney long pieces pf cloth? I need it to wrap around my back to stop the bleeding
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nods and apologizes for the mix up. She looks at Jayde and the other girl. "If you want a home come to our home child." She then leads Melody who carries the cat and herself carrying Charlotte to our home child all results.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was about 13 yr old (1983). I was not a reader, but was forced to pick a book from the library. I chose this one because it was diary format and seemed like an easy read. This book gave me a new understanding about taking ownership for the choices we make. I opened my eyes to why my parents made some of the decision they made regarding teenage limitations. This book touched me more than anything else I've ever read and thanks to this book, I'm now an avid reader. I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a Awesome book for teenage girls and it is very touching i cryed when i read it. It is awesome there is no dought about it you need to read it! I would also suggest it to girls who dont like to read because i dont and i enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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