So Much to Tell You

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Winner of Australia's Book of the Year Award. Set in Australia and written in the form of a diary, this is the tragic story of the effects of divorce and her parents' anger on a young woman's life. "Remarkable...few readers will come away from the portrait of Marina's ordeal unshaken. "—Publishers Weekly

Sent to a hospital by her mother, Marina, a disfigured Australian girl who refuses to speak, reveals her thoughts and feelings in...

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Overview

Winner of Australia's Book of the Year Award. Set in Australia and written in the form of a diary, this is the tragic story of the effects of divorce and her parents' anger on a young woman's life. "Remarkable...few readers will come away from the portrait of Marina's ordeal unshaken. "—Publishers Weekly

Sent to a hospital by her mother, Marina, a disfigured Australian girl who refuses to speak, reveals her thoughts and feelings in a diary.

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Gr 7-9-- Marina, a 14 year old living at a boarding school in Australia, has been facially disfigured under circumstances which are gradually revealed. Since that terrible event, she has not spoken. An English teacher makes diary writing a class assignment; the diary, this novel, becomes Marina's ``voice.'' Still, she remains withdrawn and nurses a great bitterness toward the world. Initially, she rejects the overtures of her dorm mates. With time, she shares in group responsibilities and discovers that her dorm mates--even the ``golden'' ones--have problems. Eventually, Marina is able to accept affection, friendship, and her own growing interest in school and social life. As the novel's pace quickens, she confronts her feelings toward her father, who had intended to attack his unfaithful wife with acid; Marina was the mistaken victim. Marina realizes that, despite everything, she feels forgiveness and compassion for her father. Marsden is a master storyteller. His characterizations--especially of young people--are interesting and believable. The descriptions of the girls' relationships are humorous and moving. There are faint echoes here of Richard D'Ambrosio's No Language But a Cry. (Dell , 1971), a popular nonfiction YA title. This is an intelligent work of literature which is satisfying both intellectually and emotionally. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, N.Y.
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Gr 7-9-Australian young adult author John Marsden's powerful classic (Joy Street Books, 1989), which was immediately popular both in Australia and in the U.S., translates well to the audio format and becomes accessible to an even wider audience in this medium. Marina, the high school-aged protagonist, suffers from elective mutism, occasioned, we learn across time, by abuse she's suffered at home. Now she is in the supportive environment of a boarding school, learning slowly to trust both peers and adults. A diary assignment she has been given by her English teacher becomes this novel. Marsden builds a compelling and vivid world quickly, and develops a variety of female characters cogently. Kate Hosking reads quietly, which befits the mute aspect of the protagonist who is also the narrator. In audio format, this will make a good discussion book for groups with varying literacy, as well as a good choice for teens alone or sharing car trips with parents.--Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780449703748
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 791,464
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.21 (w) x 6.85 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2008

    good book but worthy of improving

    i think the book is good. it tells us about different circumstances of people and how they response to it. the story is really heart-warming and when you read it, you actually know about the troubles faced by different people. the story really touched my heart & helped me realise how lucky i'm to have a wonderful family. i just think that the book could be improved a bit more by making sure it's including everyone's point of view as there have been a lot of people complaining about the book and saying it's boring. so, just a bit of facsination & it's done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2007

    So Much To Tell You!!

    Outstanding book!. Being a teenager me self it makes me fell a whole lot more confident about who I am.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Brill

    I thought this book was great. It wasn't all 'oh-woe-is-me' like some books I've read. The main character, Marina, is someone who you can tell was once a very warm person, and the way the author left some hints as to how she didn't talk and how her face ended up deformed was very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    a great book

    a 14 yr old girl who dosent talk is rare 2 find but marina was physically scared which left her with questions and she could only found the answer through silence. as she rites in the journal given 2 her she includes wot she notices around her and how she judges poeple around her. she wonders and often questions herself. her journal is like her voice only on paper. it has a great ending! overall the book is pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    SUPERRRRRRRRRRB

    I reckon this is a great book for the odd teen who feels left out beacause i red this bokk and i was feeling really unwanted and lonely then i realized that you got to get out there and have some fun life isnt worth wasting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2005

    Review: So Much to Tell you

    I have just finished So Much to Tell You, and I definitely would recommend this book to anyone! Those who enjoyed other Marsden titles, those who are just interested, or almost ANY middle school-aged, high school-aged, or out of college person who enjoys reading books that you have to think about. When Maria stops talking, you don't know why until the end. She has a disfigred face, and she slowly gives hints of why. I liked the way the author didn't state the obvious, he just said details and let you figure it out.This author is extremely talented.I REALLY enjoyed this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    :D u should read this book

    Well, I was looking for a last-minute historical fiction novel for an English report and instantly the title of the novel caught my attention. I am in honors english so it had to be something long...TOO BAD! i really like this novel. It's really interesting, but it isn't suited for younger children because of some parts (which were really really funny (:P) It was an awesome book and it had a good ending. if u didnt already, u should read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    a boring book

    So much to tell you is not a very good book. Because the author kind of dragged it out to long and it stoped getting interesting. The only good part was at the end when she talked to her dad. And the reason it is good is because she doesn't talk till she goes to this school and starts to talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Great Book

    So Much To Tell You is a GREAT book.It really talks about what tennage girls go through. In this book a 14 year old girl named Marina is sent to boarding school, Because she will not speak. Her mother can't stand the silence. Something happened to Marina and left her scared for life. Marina may not talk to people, but she tells all to the journal that her teacher gave her. Throughout the book you wonder if she will ever talk agian and what happened to her. Also why she does not like her mother and why she doesn't like to talk about her father. The end of the book is suprising and I think that anyone age 12-15 will love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Great

    So much to tell you is a GREAT book!Its about a 14 year old girl named Marina who's been sent to boarding school for not speaking.She communicates through her journal.Throughout the story you will learn why she dosen't talk,and if she ever will talk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    Great book

    So Much to Tell You is a great book. It is about a young 14 year old girl named Marina who is sent to boarding school because her mom cant handle the silence. Marina has a problen talking because of something that happened to her earlier that year. She is given a journal to write in and she uses it as a diary. As you read the book you'll find out about her good and bad times at boardind school. You will love this book if you are a girl aged 12-15 Because in some ways you might be able to relate to it.Once again its a great book and when you get to the end, you in for a surprise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2003

    A sorta interesting Book!

    'So Much To Tell You' was a very captivating book. In this book you met Marina, and get sucked into her traumatic past. The end of the book really puts a smile on your face. Yet,parts of the book can get boring. You really should stick with it and read the whole book. The ending is completely worth it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2002

    moving and poignent

    This is a must read book, I read the blurb and it said that Marina was a character who sticks with you. They were right, John Marsden wrote this book, with a beautiful style. He captures Marina's emotions as well as yours. A great read for those who like to read and don't. It's not very long, but is slightly complexed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2002

    barbie's fantastic review

    I had to read this book for an english assesment task .this book was exelent .I thureley enjoyed it .I read it 2 times in 1 week i just could not put it down . I think the writer is tremendusly talented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2001

    captivating

    this is a really good book, its short and interesting for those who dont like to read much. i read this book more than once because each time i do i can feel the emotions, captivated by the words, flowing through my mind and i get sucked into the story all over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2001

    Review for So Much To Tell You

    In the story So Much To Tell You by John Marsden, a fourteen year old girl goes through many hard times. Marina is sent off to a boarding school to try and help the fact, she doesn't speak. She was sent to the hospital before the school, but Marina didn't make much progress. Marina goes through a nightmare that haunts her, and she doesn't talk because of this horrible mistake. When she gets to the school her English teacher assigns everyone to keep a journal of their thoughts and feelings. This journal helps Marina change and realize she needs to forgive her father. Marina starts the journal by feeling very insecure about herself and her face. As the book goes on Marina opens up a little bit and reaches out to the people at her school and to her family. She is adored by many including her teacher, and Cathy Preshill. All of them help her get through her hard times. As Marina is writing her journal, in the beginning she talks about her life being so horrible and worthless, but she changes because she realizes how the school has really helped her and how she has made friends with the girls at her school. She ends up doing something ironic at the end of the book and it is very interesting to see what she does. I like this book tremendously, I really didn't want to put it down. I didn't connect with Marina personally, but throughout the book I could understand the way she felt. I recommend it to anyone who really likes a good book, that will make you want to read to find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    Anthony

    I personally think this is a great book, it tells the story of a common australian girl with one slight deformaty, the fact of her face. Something happens and you don't fund out what happened to her until the end. It's great story with a cool ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    What a Book

    This Book is a fantastic book i recemend this book to anyone!!!!.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2000

    I highly recomend it

    I read this book and couldn't put it down. I was shocked at how she Jane Mardesen could entrap you. I loved that book and am now looking for others similar to it.

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