Edna in the Desert

Edna in the Desert

by Maddy Lederman

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ISBN-13: 9781632134004
Publisher: eLectio Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Edition description: Updated Edition
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 348,803
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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Edna in the Desert 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, touching and funny! Like a modern Jane Austen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book, nice story. Enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just loved this novel about a spoiled Hollywood teen forced to spend a summer without her cell phone.  I am overwhelmed by new technology so I especially enjoyed it, a lovely read for both adults and young  adults.
Vasilios Zois More than 1 year ago
Great read for adults as well as teenagers. An excellent first book from Maddy Lederman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter read this on our family vacation and absolutely LOVED it....!!! I could barely get her to put it down. Thanks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED, LOVED this book! You can tell the dramatic tension of the story is how Edna will come to be a better person. The funny, romantic, unpredictable and REALISTIC way this happened was very moving and satisfying. Rare to see a family story like this told so well, and on such a high level in terms of the quality of writing and descriptions (most new family/romance books I am rolling my eyes constantly…). Highly recommend this read!
Tina_Chan More than 1 year ago
Wow...this book was an unexpected gem :-) The story of Edna (main character) is probably something we can all somehow relate to, one way or another. Edna's a rebellious young teen; she doesn't act "rebellious" or "rude" on purpose...she just can't seem to help wanting to up-one everyone she meets. And I must say, Maddy Lederman really nailed the voice of a somewhat arrogant (but doesn't know she is) 13 year old--trust me, I speak from experience, as I know a person going through the "rebel teen" phase right now, lol. Edna's smart, and she knows it too.  She's also used to getting things her way--she knows how to manipulate people. But she's pushed  her luck too far--her parents are sick of her being disrespectful and decide sending her to live with her grandmother and grandfather for the summer might be the cure to this problem. Oh, and did I mention her grandparents live in the middle of no where, have no running water and refrigerator, never mind cell service and wifi? Things start out badly for Edna the day she is abandoned. Her grandmother is never one for much words and her grandfather suffers  from PTSD and spends the day sitting in a chair on the porch and staring off into the distance. However, things take an unexpected turn of event when Edna gets lost in the desert and meets Johnny. I think the interactions between Edna and Johnny were very interesting. Edna completely falls heads over heels for Johnny, even though  he is 17 years old. What's even more interesting is that although Johnny likes Edna, he knows that it isn't appropriate for them to date (no matter how Edna wants to.) I find Johnny to be a very good role model and influence on Edna as Edna strives to become a better person by hanging around Johnny. Also, I was impressed that Johnny nicely, but firmly told Edna that they could only be friends and no  more. Overtime, Edna learns more about her grandparents and how to quiet down her mind. This novel also really highlights how we can become so consumed with technology that we don't even notice that we are speeding right through life without even stopping to admire the sunset. From sunup to sundown, it's always go go go! Emails to reply, phone calls to make, status to update, tweets to tweet and texts  to text...it seems like there is no time to reflect on ourselves anymore. At first Edna is somewhat terrified by the lack of "busyness" (for lack of better word), as this quote nicely describes: "Doing nothing felt like falling--out of what and into what she didn't know." But, as I mentioned before, the thing that clinched Edna in the Desert a 5 star review was Edna's voice. It was totally believable--Maddy captured all the drama and thought processing of a young teen and packed it into Edna's character. Bravo! I highly recommend this book to readers in grade 6 and above (and if you know someone who's going through the "Edna-before-the-desert" stage, perhaps suggest them reading this book--perhaps they will reflect upon their behavior). 
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Picture a place in the middle of the desert. A place in which there are no other buildings around. No restaurants. No stores near by. No wireless service. No Internet. No life, at least according to Edna. This where she will spend her entire summer. Her grandmother, an unfriendly old woman with her hands on her hips like a five-star general. Her creased, emotionless face emerged in the sun would be her only human contact besides her grandfather who sat perpetually on the porch in his rocking chair until it was time for bed. When Edna's parents are finally at wits end on what to do with her combativeness in both high school as well as trying to raise her in their household, they agree that spending the summer with her grandparents in Desert Palms might be the only thing that will work. The more they punish her the more disrespectful she becomes. But Edna doesn't consider Desert Palms a town, more like "coordinates on a map. After her latest incident at school involving socks, her father finally had had enough. Both of her parents had undertaken a military-like approach to this maneuver, and they were not turning back despite what she promises to do. This would be the final straw. Her parents refused to consider medication and there was increasing pressure from the therapist to send her to a psychiatrist. It was time to do something radical. It seems she was always looking to prove herself to people and she simply didn't have respect for anyone. "Edna, you have no respect for others. It can't go on, and it's not going to be tolerated,' Jill said. "If it can't go on, it won't need to be tolerated. You're getting illogical-" "And you're getting a lot of time to think." Edna pictured herself trapped in her grandparents' dreary world. She was no longer sure if she was breathing. Hopefully she would pass out quickly and die. Until then she couldn't reveal any further weakness. Perhaps if she seemed happy about this idea it wouldn't seem like enough of a punishment, and her parents might change their minds. She could only hope that there was no way they were serious and that this was merely a sadistic joke, but the main challenge at the moment was to keep from crying." I received Edna in the Desert by Maddy Lederman compliments of the author herself and eLectio Publishing for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I think every parent can relate to this novel partly because at times our children have had that stubborn rebellious streak in them. That no matter what we try to take away or how many times we might punish them, the behavior remains. I love the approach that Edna's parents take to send her to a place where there is no technology, no internet, nothing remotely similar to a life she left behind. IN fact, they just got a telephone so they aren't that far behind in the times. She has to learn to contend with things for the entire summer and her grandmother is definitely NOT someone you'd want to upset. The desert will offer more than Edna could bargain for and in many ways she will not return as the young girl she was when she arrived. There is some age appropriate material in this novel that I would strongly suggest isn't ideal for young teens when Edna encounters Johnny, a seventeen year old boy she finds she is attracted to. I rate this novel a 4 out of 5 stars for that reason and is a true coming of age story in many ways. This is Maddy Lederman's debut novel and I know that this will be the first of many in her future!