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Eighth grade goes from fun to disaster when Allie's best friend dumps her for the popular kids. Angry and frustrated, Allie throws her friendship necklace into the pool, and to her astonishment, the ghost of Dorothy May--the ancestor who sailed on the Mayflower--appears, maybe to offer a little help. Can Dorothy May's 17th century point of view about things Allie's takes for granted--baths, bikinis, computers, friendship--be just what Allie needs to navigate social life in the ...
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Eighth grade goes from fun to disaster when Allie's best friend dumps her for the popular kids. Angry and frustrated, Allie throws her friendship necklace into the pool, and to her astonishment, the ghost of Dorothy May--the ancestor who sailed on the Mayflower--appears, maybe to offer a little help. Can Dorothy May's 17th century point of view about things Allie's takes for granted--baths, bikinis, computers, friendship--be just what Allie needs to navigate social life in the 8th grade?
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Bodi's affecting debut novel balances a familiar fictional theme with an inventive historical premise. When Marissa abandons Allie for two new best friends, Allie muses, "They're beautiful and great lacrosse players. They're also kind of mean. In our school, you can't get any cooler than that." Hurt, Allie throws out her window her half of the best-friends charm she shared with Marissa and it lands in the swimming pool. When she decides to rescue it from the water, she hears a voice imploring her not to jump. She looks up to find Dorothy May, who jumped off the Mayflowerto her death because her husband, William Bradford, did not love her. She tells Allie, who is descended from Bradford and his second wife, "I am a friend come to be of assistance to thee." Through her research for a family-tree project and her conversations with Dorothy (who reappears repeatedly, each time summoned by an image of water), Allie learns a great deal about the harrowing crossing of the Mayflower, about 17th-century life and about the anguish and desperation of Dorothy, who was forced to leave her young son behind in England. Dorothy also provides Allie with friendship that she desperately needs, particularly when she discovers just how mean Marissa's new friends can be. Allie's crisp narrative lends credibility to both strains of plot, each of which comes to a satisfying conclusion. An intriguing postscript: Bodi is a descendant of Bradford's second wife and her first husband. Ages 10-up. (May)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780976812661
  • Publisher: Brown Barn Books
  • Publication date: 5/31/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted February 21, 2009

    A great read

    I read this book as an adult to preview for two middle school aged nieces. I was genuinely taken with the story and the characters and couldn't wait to find out how it would all end up. The tension and situations between all of the characters was so believable. I also enjoyed the clever intertwined story of Dorothy May. A great read!

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  • Posted October 29, 2008

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    Reviewed by Carrie Spellman for TeensReadToo.com

    Allie is not enjoying 8th grade. Ever since her best friend, Marissa, started preferring the "cool" kids to her oldest friend, Allie feels like everything has gone wrong. Allie can only imagine how much worse it would be if Marissa and her new friends knew about the ghost.<BR/><BR/>Somehow a ghost has appeared in Allie's pool. Not just any ghost, but the ghost of Dorothy May, Allie's ancestor who came over on the Mayflower! To make things even stranger, Dorothy is far from confined to the pool. She regularly appears in Allie's room, she can change her clothes and hair, and Allie can even touch her! <BR/><BR/>Dorothy and Allie seem to have quite a bit more in common than genetics, though their outlooks on the world are considerably different. Maybe, just maybe, Dorothy can help Allie with more than her English report. It's even possible that Allie might have something to offer Dorothy in return. As interesting as it is to hang out with Dorothy, Allie does wish <BR/>that she had some visible, living friends. Otherwise, Allie's not sure she'll make it through 8th grade, much less to high school.<BR/><BR/>Let's be honest, middle school stinks for a lot of people. Kids are mean, people you thought you knew change out of nowhere, and everything feels very unstable. Allie is a perfect example of all of this. Her story is extremely realistic, and sadly common, except for the ghost part. Boy, do I wish I'd had a Dorothy May to help me!<BR/><BR/>While this is a good, sweet, positive growing up kind of story, it doesn't stop there. There is some history, of course. A look at the differences, and similarities, between life now and life way back when. Mostly, though, it's about appreciating yourself, and other people, for who they really are.

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