Destiny, Rewritten

Destiny, Rewritten

by Kathryn Fitzmaurice


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This sweet contemporary story about poetry, family, and determining your own destiny is perfect for fans of books by Wendy Mass, Joan Bauer, Sharon Creech, and Rebecca Stead.

Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has never met her father, so when a book of poetry with his name in it goes missing, Emily and her friends search all over their hometown of Berkeley, California, hoping to track it down. Meanwhile, even though her English-professor mother insists that Emily is destined to become a poet (she named her after Emily Dickinson!), Emily secretly corresponds with her idol, romance writer Danielle Steel.

As Publishers Weekly says, "Fitzmaurice's story deftly mingles Dickinson, Danielle Steel, a budding crush, and protesting tree sitters while maintaining suspense that leads to a satisfying ending."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061625039
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 726,372
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Fitzmaurice once received a book that was inscribed with the prediction that she might become a famous poet like Emily Dickinson. She became a writer for young readers instead, and her very first novel, The Year the Swallows Came Early, has received many honors and accolades. She lives in Monarch Beach, California, with her husband, sons, and faithful canine writing companion, Holly.

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Destiny, Rewritten 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
I always love reading books set in the part of the country that I live in. I live in the south Bay Area near San Francisco, and this book takes place just north of me. The premise of the book is really interesting, and I enjoyed the story of Emily trying to navigate life. Her eccentric mother and cousin are entertaining and gave the book some humor. While I didn't fall madly in love with this book, I did enjoy it. It was a sweet, contemporary story that most young readers would like. The Cover: I absolutely love this cover. It caught my eye from a huge list of books. I am a big sucker for a good cover and this one promises adventure, mystery, and something a little other-worldly. My only issue with the cover is the cat. I spent the entire span of the book waiting for this cat to show up and it never does. By the looks of the illustration, it would seem that this cat plays a significant role in the book, but there is no cat in the story.
Morganjs More than 1 year ago
This is a great middle grade book. It has some elements of mystery, but without being creepy or scary at all. There were a few different "mysteries" happening throughout the book. It kept it interesting throughout, and I never got bored. I think this would be a great book for both boys and girls.  The only thing was the constant talk about Destiny. This may confuse some children's current beliefs. Or they may not even understand any of the talk about destiny. It was kind of over the top at times.  I received this book for free in return for an honest review. 
KaylaBeck More than 1 year ago
You'll Want to Hug This Book I read this book over the holidays, and it's fitting. I knew that I had to be the Grinch because my heart grew two sizes the day I finished reading Destiny, Rewritten. It felt as if it would burst right out of my chest because I was felt with such overwhelming happiness and love for the characters, who are some of my all-time literary favorites. There is not one person in the book that I did not want to scoop up and squeeze into a bear hug. Destiny, Rewritten taught me something that I have been overlooking about myself - I LOVE stories that make references to other stories or pieces of pop culture. I found myself giggling several times throughout the book because of arguments that Emily Elizabeth Davis and Wavey St. Clair, her best friend, would have about female roles in Star Wars, Little House on the Prairie, or even paper towel commercials. This was a perfect little running joke (it has to be a joke because it was so hilarious!) to go along with Emily while she searched to find her lost book, unknown father, and herself. Emily's letters to Danielle Steele and love of romance novels' happy endings are also so brilliantly woven into the story. There are also tree-huggers, used bookstores, a cashier from Goodwill who is all things awesome, and more minor characters who kept me beaming. My absolute favorite part of the book, however, was that each child in the story was encouraged to be their very best at whatever they did. The children were supportive of each other, and not one of the adults ever treated any of them as anything less than the intelligent, nerdy, brilliant balls of potential they were. Yes, there are bullies and adults telling kids "There's no way you can do that!" in the real world, but there are so many people who are the polar opposite of that, and I think the book is a lovely homage to them. Cecily Ann likes to give science reports in poem form, but no one really gives her a hard time. Montie is an eight year old little boy who is counting the days until he can join the army, but nothing is said to dissuade his dreams or soldier-in-training behavior. Connor Kelly, Emily's crush, even had an entire conversation with her in haiku during English class. I seriously want to live in their neighborhood and be friends with all of them. This is far and away one of the best books that I read in 2012. Yes, it is contemporary (which I usually avoid), but Destiny, Rewritten is full of the magic of innocence and childhood. It reminds us that it's okay to be yourself, it's okay to chase your dreams, and sometimes your happy ending is where you least expect it. To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a digital ARC of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected the outcome of my review. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book. Hope its good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book hard to get hooked on it. But still good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Can't believe nobodys rating this!