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Janis Flint-Ferguson (KLIATT Review, July 2005 (Vol. 39, No. 4))
The protagonist here is Cass Levin, being raised by her grandmother after the death of her parents and going into 8th grade with her best friends Penelope and Tillie. Well, not exactly with her best friends, since the school schedule shows that they are in entirely different classes. Cass makes friends with a new kid, Rod Punkin. Rod is witty and wise, but is he also a "behavioral problem." He calls out, mostly inappropriately, and gets thrown out of all the classes except English. When he is assigned to the same literature group as Cass, he shows his talent and demonstrates the know-how to put together a film, Olivia Twisted, the group's horror homage to Oliver Twist. The characters are typical young adolescents, but in the midst of middle school maneuvering there is also the story of Cass coming to terms with the long-ago death of her parents. As she tries to be friends with Rod, she also struggles with the childhood memories of losing her parents. Both situations come to a head when she runs away from a field trip and meets Rod in the summer cottage where she had spent time with her parents. In the end this is a poignant story of learning what it means to fit in. (Sequel to Nobody Was Here) Category: Hardcover Fiction. KLIATT Codes: J--Recommended for junior high school students. 2005, Scholastic, Orchard, 160p., $15.95. Ages 12 to 15.
POLLET, Alison. The Pity Party: 8th Grade in the Life of Me, Cass. 149p. CIP. Scholastic/Orchard. 2005. Tr $15.95. ISBN 0-439-68194-4. LC 2004022331.
Gr 5-8In this sequel to Nobody Was Here (Scholastic, 2004), readers get to know Penelope Schwartzbaum's friend Cass better. Orphaned when she was eight, she lives with her beloved guardian, Bea, and attends a New York City private school. Cass is devastated when she discovers that she does not have classes with her two best friends. While she is at first horrified that troublemaker Rod Punkin sits behind her in English class, the two eventually develop a friendship, and she begins to understand herself and why he is the way he is. She is able to come to terms with her parents' death, accept the benefits of counseling, and gain a sense of belonging. Inventive details, such as Cass's word lists, the comforting rhyming games she remembers playing with her mother, and the warm support of her art-collecting guardian and psychoanalyst aunt make this a first-rate purchase. Multilayered characters inhabit this complex, thoughtful book that beautifully hones in on middle-school friendships.Debbie Stewart Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
Posted February 27, 2008
Believe it or not, this book is actually true. These things happen in everyday life. I love it cause it almost tell my life story of how I had to leave my friends. The only thing is, is that I left them in another school. This book is phenominal!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2007
I read 'nobody was here' and I absoluely loved it!!! And when I read the back I was like: 'OMG!! MOM! WE HAVE TO GO TO THE LIBRARY!!!' So I've been taking my time reading it,it's okay,nohing spectacular but okay,I haven't really gotten into it yet I'm at the part when Rod is expellled for some reason and Cass is searching everywhere trying to find him,but I dunno,this book is just kinda confusing and it didn't exactly spark my interest as 'Nobody was here' I forget the authors name but I'll give her one more chance to get me to like her books I was very much dissapointed. I reccomend this to you,this is just my opinion but I think you might not get into it as much as some of her other books. HAPPY READING!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2007
Another great book,following Nobody was Here. It has the characters from Nobody was Here, but that book is about Penolope's life, while this once is about Cass's. Outstanding.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2007
I didn't really like this book. I found it to be confusing. One minute I thought I was kind of understanding what was happening, then it jumped to another thing. I liked the book in the beginning, but as I continued reading, I became extremely confused. The main character Cass, her parents died and I think she lives with her aunt, but the book has so many different characters that I'm not sure about who she lives with. I think it's her aunt Doris. Cass seems to be a real weirdo to me. She has a dog named Sylvia Hemple and she doesn't really like her ,just because she doesn't sleep in her room anymore. Cass kind of makes friends with a boy named Rod Pumkin but he goes to a different school and he's weird just like her. He sees a phycologist, so does Cass. But no offense, I don't recommend this book to anyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2006
Posted January 23, 2006