The Decoding of Lana Morris

The Decoding of Lana Morris

by Laura McNeal, Tom McNeal
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The Decoding of Lana Morris by Laura McNeal, Tom McNeal

A Kirkus Reviews Best Young Adult Book of the Year
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age

Sixteen-year-old Lana Morris wishes her life were different: her Ice Queen of a foster mother won't leave her alone, and she has no friends but the other foster kids she takes care of.

Then she stumbles into a mysterious antique shop and trades her most valued possession for a single box of drawing paper: thirteen thick, blank pages, like thirteen wishes waiting to be made. Suddenly, impossibly, it seems Lana might actually have the power to change things. But wishing isn't always as harmless as it seems...

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375831065
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/08/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.81(w) x 8.55(h) x 1.04(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Laura and Tom McNeal, winners of the PEN Center USA Literary Book Award for Zipped and the California Book Award for Crooked, live with their two young sons in Southern California.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Decoding of Lana Morris 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Katarina18 More than 1 year ago
Overall this story was great, the plot line was really amazing. A girl whose parents left her at a very young age in a foster home, she ends up in a foster home with mentally disabled kids. She hates them but has a fondness for them, especially one of the girls. As she is desperately trying to fit in with the boy next door's friends, she ends up in a nowhere town and buys a ladies drawing kit. She draws things, and they happen. After she draws her foster mother without an arm her foster mother gets in a terrible accident and loses her arm. Lana is in charge of keeping up the household. Meanwhile discovering her neighbor's real personality and her feelings for her foster father discovered. It was a great book but it took a long time for it to really get going. I really liked the book in the end but it took me some effort to get into, I usually just flow right into great books, but this one I had to focus on reading it.
GaltXDagny More than 1 year ago
Lana Morris lives in Nebraska with her foster parents and a house full of Snicks (or SNKs, special needs kids). She feels miserable a lot of the time--she has no friends except for the Snicks, her foster mother hates her, and her foster father is always acting strange towards her (okay, maybe that she DOESN'T mind). One day, she buys a sketchpad. Just a normal , regular sketchpad. Yes, it cost two dollars, and yes, Lana had to use her special two-dollar bill that her real father gave her to buy it, but she realizes something. The sketchbook has powers. It is powerful. Very powerful. ~ I loved THE DECODING OF LANA MORRIS. It was fast and very engaging. The only real problem I had was that at times, the plot seemed a bit off. Overall, I would give this book a four of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tom and Laura McNeal are great authors. I've only read one of their other books, Crushed, but this book was great. The idea of a magical sketch kit completely intrigued me, and from the beginning, I couldn't stop reading! The only thing I didn't like was Whit and Lana's relationship, which was a little odd, and how cruel Veronica was to Lana, but that all adds to the fantastic plot. There is lots of hilarious humor woven throughout the book. By all means, read this book! It was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read some other books of the McNeal¿s and loved each of them. All their books are fast reads and have characters that anyone can connect to. The Decoding Of Lana Morris was no exception. Lana Morris is just your average 16 year old girl who happens to live with a not so average family. Her foster mother is snoopy and self-centered who can¿t wait to get rid of Lana. On the other hand, her foster father shares a special, almost inappropriate relationship with Lana. She¿s stuck in a house with a bunch of kids who have special needs, referred to as the Snicks. You learn throughout the book along with Lana how to love all the ¿special¿ kids and realize very quickly that the kids are special way beyond their mental disabilities. My favorite part of the book was how creative and imaginative it was. It almost reminded me of a fairy tale when Lana meets a strange old lady in a unique little shop. She buys a book from the old women and discovers that inside she can draw herself 13 wishes. Over time Lana learns what is really important to her and more importantly what is important to the people around her. I loved the sense of humor in the book mixed in with all the lessons you learn along with Lana. If your like me you¿ll be surprised how attached you get to all the Snicks and how much you root for Lana in the end. You¿ll be impressed how Laura and Tom McNeal are able to nail the exact feelings of any average teenage girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has read any of Laura and Tom McNeal's earlier young adult books does not need to be persuaded of their literary skill. The authors have a voice that speaks directly, clearly, and apparently effortlessly, to the hearts, minds, and souls of this age group. Their dialogue is bright and clever without being cute, and their stories move briskly. The narrator of this latest book is a 16-year-old girl, Lana, who lives in a foster home along with four younger, disabled, special needs children, referred to as the Snicks. Lana's close association with them is enough to cause serious social problems for her, but she has other more confusing concerns as well. Although she quickly shows herself to be strong-minded and determined, her life during this one Nebraskka summer is challenging in many ways. Her travails, disappointments, discoveries, dreams and hopes make up the engaging plot. For me, however, the book's greatest appeal is in its treatment of the seldom-addressed subject of living with special needs children. The authors describe the Snicks in a clear-eyed, realistic, matter-of-fact way that is invariably respectful. Each child''s individual idiosyncracies are distinct. They are sometimes funny, sometimes aggravating, sometimes mystifying. But there is not the slightest hint of mockery in the descriptions of the comic moments, nor any sentimentality in the sad ones. Lana's, and the reader's feelings toward these four characters grow from tolerance to affection to loving concern.