A Rose for Melinda

A Rose for Melinda

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by Lurlene McDaniel
     
 

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Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia.

From: Melinda Skye
To: Readers
Subject: Jesse

Hi! I can’t believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of

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Told in letters, journal entries, e-mails, doctors’ reports, and instant messages, the heartbreaking story of an aspiring ballet dancer battling leukemia.

From: Melinda Skye
To: Readers
Subject: Jesse

Hi! I can’t believe it. What a surprise from Jesse. When he got my e-mail about being accepted by the Washington School of Classical Dance’s summer program, he called to congratulate me! I loved hearing his voice. We’ve been friends forever–could it turn into something more?
Melinda

From: Jesse Rose
To: Readers
Subject: Melinda

I couldn’t believe the news. Melinda is so young! How could she be sick? How did she get leukemia? She’s got to get better. She’s got to.
Jesse


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307544599
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/10/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
368,215
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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Blossoms

September 7

Dear Melinda Skye,

Thank you for sharing your snack.

You are very pretty.

Signed,

your friend,

Jesse Rose

September 7

Dear Jesse Rose,

Thank you. I have new shoes. Do you like them?

Your friend,

Melinda Skye

October 1

Dear Melinda,

I don't like school. But I like you. Do you like me?

Your friend,

Jesse

October 1

Dear Jesse,

I like you. But I like school. Reading is the best part.

Your friend,

Melinda

October 2

Dear Melinda,

The best part of school is seeing you.

Your very good friend,

Jesse

P.S. I like baseball. I want to play for the Braves. They are my favorite team.

October 3

Dear Jesse,

I like ballet. I take classes and want to be a real ballerina. I will be famous.

Your friend,

Melinda

October 21

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Rose,

I'm afraid that Jesse must be placed on an "in-room" suspension from recess for the next three days for fighting on the playground. Although he has assured me that he "only socked Toby Gillman in the nose because he shoved Melinda Skye off the swing," as his teacher, I can't allow physical attacks on fellow students to occur. Please understand that I think Jesse is a good child. He has never disrupted the class until this unfortunate incident. As you are aware, this school system has a zero-tolerance policy regarding physical violence, and therefore Jesse must be punished for his aggressive act toward another student. Please call our principal if you have any questions regarding Jesse's suspension. Be assured that Toby is receiving the same punishment for shoving Melinda.

Sincerely,

Nancy Barber

October 22

Mrs. Barber,

Jesse has told his father and me that he will not hit Toby again "UNLESS Toby hurts Melinda." We've always tried to instill a sense of right and wrong in our son, and he knows that hitting others is wrong. For some reason, Jesse has formed an attachment to Melinda and feels a need to defend her--like some kind of mini-Lancelot. We understand and accept his punishment and are confident that he will behave in the future if Toby behaves.

Sincerely,

Ann Rose

Dear Jesse,

Thank you for punching Toby for me. I am sorry you have to miss recess, but I will sit with you at lunch all next week because you are my hero.

Friends forever,

Melinda

December 4

Dear Melinda,

I made this picture for you. It's me playing baseball and you watching. Do you like it?

Jesse

December 5

Dear Jesse,

I like the picture a lot!!!!! I put it in my room.

Melinda

An Invitation

To: Jesse Rose

From: Melinda Skye

Date: December 16, Friday

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Place: Memorial Auditorium

Jesse--Melinda wants you to come watch her dance in the "Nutcracker Suite" next weekend. She is one of the cherubs in the dance company and will be in the front row. Perhaps your parents will bring you, and after the performance, you can all come backstage and say hello.

Elana Skye (Melinda's mom)

[Transcript from the VCR of Leonard and Elana Skye. Scene of backstage bedlam as girls dressed in tutus and leotards scurry around shrieking and giggling.]

OFF-CAMERA VOICE OF LEONARD SKYE: Slow down, Princess. There's somebody here to see you.

[Camera swings around to show Jesse and his parents. Jesse walks over to Melinda, hands her a pink rose wrapped in tissue.]

JESSE: I liked . . . I mean, you danced real good. I stayed awake the whole time!

MELINDA [giggles]: A rose? For me? [Glances up at camera] Look, Daddy, Jesse brought me a rose. A rose from a Rose. [Giggles again]

ELANA [Steps into camera shot, bends down]: This is just beautiful. How thoughtful, Jesse. [Looks up] Thank you for bringing him.

[Camera swings and shot widens to include Jesse's smiling parents.]

ANN ROSE: He saw that on television . . . you know, the part about giving an actress, or dancer in this case, a bouquet of roses after the final curtain. He insisted he bring roses for Melinda.

JOHN ROSE: I took him to the florist and he bought it with his own money.

VOICE OF JESSE: That's why there's just one. They cost a whole lot!

[Camera swings around and zooms in on Jesse's face as all adults laugh off-camera.]

ELANA: What do you say to Jesse, honey?

MELINDA: Thank you a whole bunch. [Throws arms around Jesse and kisses him wetly on the cheek. Adults laugh. Jesse's eyes widen. Camera pulls back and kids wave at lens.]

[Fade to Black]

Memo

To: All Parents

From: Nancy Barber

Date: May 20

To commemorate the end of the school year, we will hold a small "graduation" ceremony on Friday, the last day of classes. All family members are invited to this ceremony, which will be held at 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please plan to attend if at all possible. I am proud of each student and want everyone to have a sense of a job well done!

Report cards will go out within two weeks of the end of classes. Have a wonderful summer!

May 23

Dear Melinda,

I will miss you very much all summer. I will write to you, OK? My mom said it is all right with her if your mom says I can. Will you miss me too?

Jesse

P.S. Can I be your boyfriend? Like a REAL boyfriend, not just a boy who is a friend?

May 23

Dear Jesse,

Yes, I will miss you. Yes, let's write. I am going to dance camp in July. I am going to visit my Grandma in Florida in August. I love her bunches and bunches. See you next year!

Melinda

P.S. My mom says I have to wait longer before I can have a real boyfriend. But thank you for asking.

P.P.S. If I could have a boyfriend, I would pick you!

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Meet the Author

Lurlene McDaniel has written more than 30 inspirational novels. Her books have receieved acclaim from teachers, parents, young adults, and reviewers.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so heartfelt and inspiring! The love and bond that Melinda shared with Jesse, her parents, and her bestfriend was so powerful. I really felt connected to all of the characters. This book is a must read!!!! Although you will shed many tears...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of tye best i have ever read. This book made me stop and think about my oen life this girl so younge is had a really bad rhing happen to her and she dosent take it like its a nad thing but a great thing it will break your heart to hear what she has to go through why still loving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very heart felt book and lots of young love. It made me cry at the end so be prepared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so good! She creates such a bond with the characters and the reader. Sad, you WILL cry. Although the book is amazing.
BookWormLuvr13 More than 1 year ago
This book allows you to experience all the emotions Melinda is going through as a love-sick teenager who is ill with cancer trying to live her normal life as a dancer...it is a gut wrenching, devasting, compassionate book that i reccomend to every one!!!! It takes you from letters, e-mails, melinda's diary, notes, and text. This book sucks you into a book that allows you to cuddle up and shed a tear.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A cute story at the beginning. The more into the story you get the more, and more you want to read it. Personaly I think this is Lurlene McDaniel's best book!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Ok. Not the best book out there.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Couldnt put it down. it makes you shead a tear
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 6th grade and loved it from cover to cover. But once melinda died i cried for at least 2hrs. It is a story of a young 15 yr old girl, diagnosed with leukemia and in love with a friend from her early childhood and told in letters. If you are looking for a book to keep u sad for days and wondering how u would have felt if it happened to u then this is ur book, but if u have a very weak heart then this is not ur book, none of laurel mcdanalds books would be for ya. The Dawn Rochelle series was not as sad but still is about a young girls struggle to survie cancer, but in her case she lives after getting cancer twice and having a deadly stroke and there is much more happiness in them just plz buy this book if u r interested it will honestly make u less selfish and much more appreciative of all of the things u have. Have fun reading it and crying for a long long long long long long long long long long long time also read the dawn rochelle series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing!! It teaches a lot of things! The bond between Jesse and Melinda was inseperable. This was truly inspirational. I reccomend this book.........and a box of tissues!! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first lurlene mcdaniel book i read! It is great! I am a young reader (young age) and this was very good and inspirational. Great for any reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lurlene McDaniel does it again! My tween daughters both are loving the books by this fantastic author. She creates such a bond between the reader and the characters that they simply can't put the book down until they know what happens with the characters. They share laughter and tears, literally!! Thanks for the great reads for my kids!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the must insperational story I have ever read. It really is a breathtakig book if love,hope, and tragedy! You will cry!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! Such an inspiring novel. I simply adore all of Mcdaniel's novels!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! As with all Lurlene McDaniel books you won't be able to put it down. Every time I go back to reread it because it's so good, I cry. Recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a good cry with a great story.
Alexis-Linzi More than 1 year ago
the first time i read this book was when i was in 7th grade and im a senior now. I've read this book so many times and it never gets old. i love of all Lurlene McDaniel books; shes an amazing writer and makes you feel like your the one experiencing everything thats happening in the story. this book is one of my top favorites!!
Lily Solomon More than 1 year ago
My friend recommended it to me and when i started to read it I COULDN'T STOP!!!
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