Kicked Out

Kicked Out

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by Beth Goobie

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Dime is fifteen and angry all the time. Her parents don't like the way she dresses, her boyfriend, her attitude. Her older brother Darren was paralyzed in an accident she walked away from, and Dime is sure her parents wish she were the one in the wheelchair. When the fights and accusations finally become too much, Dime moves in with her brother. At first she is… See more details below


Dime is fifteen and angry all the time. Her parents don't like the way she dresses, her boyfriend, her attitude. Her older brother Darren was paralyzed in an accident she walked away from, and Dime is sure her parents wish she were the one in the wheelchair. When the fights and accusations finally become too much, Dime moves in with her brother. At first she is overjoyed with the change of scenery and lack of parental control. But when her troubles follow her she finds that maybe it isn't everyone else who is the problem, and realizes that she has to start taking some responsibility for her actions.

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"Provides preteen and teen readers with a role model who is able to see that the choices one makes should have less to do with popularity and more to do with the right thing...A must-read for every teenager and pre-teen and an excellent acquisition for school and public libraries."
NMRLS Book Review Group
"Simple yet varied vocabulary and language realistical enough to keep the attention of teens while remaining clean enough for classroom use...Goobie has a particular flair for creating dramatic yet believable situations."
CM Magazine
"An accurate reflection of the emotional lives of many teenage girls who act out in a cry to be loved for who they are. This short novel, set in large, accessible type will appeal to struggling readers who are drawn to emotional, contemporary stories in which the heroine triumphs on her own terms...Recommended."
Fifteen-year-old Dime and her parents fight so often that she thinks they should buy her a T-shirt with "Problem Child" printed across the front. Her defiant attitude and alternative appearance frustrate them, and they wonder if she is deliberately trying to hurt them. She feels stifled by their restrictive curfew and constant comparison with her older brother, Darren. After Dime stays out well past her curfew with her new boyfriend, a major fight breaks out between her and her parents. The next day it is decided that she will move in with Darren in exchange for doing all of his cooking. Most teens might think that living with an older sibling would mean total freedom, but with Darren, that is not the case. He is a quadriplegic who will rely on Dime to make sure he gets fed. While living with her brother, Dime begins to develop confidence and realizes why she is so angry with her parents and, more important, with herself. This novel will appeal to reluctant readers who might be intimidated by the traditional length of young adult problem novels but who are too sophisticated for children's books. Teen readers will relate to Dime's struggle to accept herself and frustration at being always compared with another sibling who seems infallible. Although the writing style is simple and concise, the main characters are multidimensional. This book will have little appeal to mainstream teen readers, but it is a must-buy for librarians looking for high quality fiction to appeal to reluctant readers in grades seven through twelve. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P J S (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined asgrades 10 to 12). 2002, Orca, 92p, Lurie
Kicked Out is the story of fifteen-year-old Dime's struggles to discover her own self-worth. Still reeling from her guilt over her complete recovery from a car accident that left her beloved older brother a quadriplegic, Dime feels that she does not deserve the life she has. This attitude manifests itself in many ways. She has conflicts with her parents, is failing at school, and has a relationship with a boyfriend who treats her like she feels: terrible. Finally, her parents kick her out of their house to live with her older brother. With this fresh start, Dime faces new challenges, learns to appreciate herself, and begins to make better choices in her life. Kicked Out is a good choice for older students who tend to lose interest in longer books. The story involves situations common to teens (arguments about curfews, dating, demands for more respect/responsibility) that will provide good grounds for discussion. The storyline, dialogue, and vocabulary are written at a reading level that would provide a successful experience for struggling readers, but would likely prove too simplistic for students reading at or above grade level. 2002, Orca Book Publishers, 92 pp.,
— Maryanne Obersinner
Children's Literature
Dime, the main character of Kicked Out, was so rebellious as a toddler that she chose her own nickname, which came to symbolize her sense of self-worth as she grew up. Now, as a teenager, family interactions inevitably lead her and her parents into shouting matches. Dime's parents agree that she can live with her older brother, Darren, who is a paraplegic from an accident. Although she first equates living with Darren as complete freedom, her friends immediately embarrass her with their actions. Darren treats her as an adult and she cares too much for him to selfishly ignore the responsibilities she agreed to, including cooking. Boyfriend Gabe complicates her life until she realizes he manipulates her and his ex-girl friend by playing them against each other to boost his own ego. Written by a Canadian, teens on both sides of the border will relate to the story of a typical high school rebel as she matures. An additional strength of the story is the realistic portrayal of Darren as an intelligent, ambitious young man who happens to use a wheelchair to help achieve his goals. Whether for pleasure or for class, this slim, compact book of only 92 pages is recommended for any reader and will motivate those best served by high interest-low readability stories. 2002, Orca, Ages 12 up.
— Mary Bowman-Kruhm
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-No one loves Dime-or so she thinks. Since negative attention is better than none at all, acting out and defying every parental rule become a daily routine. Things come to a head when the 15-year-old's parents decide that she is out of control and agree to let her live with her older brother, who is a quadriplegic. Dime initially sees living away from home as ultimate freedom but soon realizes that with it comes responsibility. On her first day at Darren's apartment, her boyfriend, Gabe, and her friend Tiff come to visit and she sees them through the eyes of her brother. Is she as rude and obnoxious as they are? But Gabe loves her, or at least she thinks he does. When Dime is dumped, she is forced to examine her feelings and for the first time realizes that her behavior has been the result of her fear of being inadequate. These feelings have been with her since childhood and have colored her life. While not all teens will have the opportunity to separate from their parents or have the support and guidance of such a wise sibling, readers can see how real or perceived feelings can affect their lives. An insightful portrayal of teen angst, learning to deal with anger, and understanding the importance of self-love.-Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.25(d)
HL520L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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"This is our house and we make the rules, Dime. If we say you're home at nine, that's when you walk in the door! No excuses!" Dad shouted.

Their house, not mine. For a moment, my eyes burned, and I thought I was about to cry. Then I got it under control. I slid a smile over my mouth and looked him straight in the eye.

"Make me," I said softly.

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