Heart Divided

Heart Divided

by Cherie Bennett, Jeff Gottesfeld
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Heart Divided by Cherie Bennett, Jeff Gottesfeld

Is the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol—or a proud reminder of Southern heritage?

When Kate’s liberal-minded family moves from the suburbs of New York City to a small town near Nashville, Kate is convinced her life is over. Redford lives up to Kate’s low expectations. The Confederate battle flag waves proudly in the sky, the local diner serves grits and sweet tea, and country music rules the airwaves. Then she meets Jackson Redford III, scion of the town and embodiment of everything Dixie. And dang if brilliant, gorgeous Jack doesn’t make Kate decide that maybe her new hometown isn’t so bad after all. But a petition to replace the school’s Confederate flag symbol is stirring up trouble. Kate dives right in, not afraid to attack what she sees as offensive. Getting involved means making enemies, though, and soon, Kate and Jack—and their families—find themselves pitted against each other in a bitter controversy: not just about the flag, but about what it means to be an American.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307556653
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/06/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld have collaborated on fiction, stage, and other writing projects. For more information, visit them on the Web at www.cheriebennett.com.

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Heart Divided 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Jess_at_From_Me_to_You More than 1 year ago
It's a compelling story about believing your values. The way you read it at first, I didn't like it until I understood that it was kind of written to have a bird's eye view of everything to make the ending that much better. And it is!! I cried, laughed, and learned more then I expected to out of this book. I highly recommend it ... especially to those northerners, like me, who still don't get it, or at least I didn't before I read this book. Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews -- read more of this review on my blog: frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com --
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In the past, Kate has been introduced to piano lessons, Russian lessons, photography, ballet, politics, space camp, computer camp, and world peace camp all via her mom¿s quest to find Kate¿s purpose in life. Kate has a theory that she really has no purpose, and her mother needs to accept that. Although her theory is proven wrong once she is introduced to playwriting. She falls in love with it. She¿s at the top of her well renowned playwright class and about to start her junior year in high school when her dad has been given a job offer in Tennessee. It shatters her life. Kate and her family move from New York City to Redford, Tennessee, home of the Rebels. Kate tries to get this Southern proud community to stop waving the Confederate flag as if they don¿t realize the war is over and the Union won. Can Kate succeed or will she let her attraction to the descendent of Redford¿s founding father distract her from her cause? Jackson Redford III has to choose between his family¿s Southern roots and what is right when he becomes intertwined with Kate and her Yankee ideas. Surprisingly, Jackson Redford has some secrets of his own. A Heart Divided has the perfect combination of romance, patriotism, and heartache. I love the bittersweet ending that leaves readers crying on the inside. While reading this fast paced novel, I got a taste of what it would be like to live in a rebel community. The descriptions of the angst between the whites and blacks living in Redford were perfectly realistic. I liked how even though Kate Pride, the main character, was passionate about playwriting, something I have never even thought about doing, I could still relate to her life. I have never read a book like A Heart Divided, but I¿ve read some that are slightly similar. Jodi Picoult books would fit into this category. In Keeping Faith, one of the main characters starts to fall in love with a reporter who is out to publicize her daughter as a crazy basically, the main character falls for the enemy. That is very much like Kate and Jackson¿s situation. Jackson¿s name and family history represents everything that is Confederate, and he is not sure that he wants that. Kate is not sure if she wants Jackson. The question is whether or not they will accept what they are given or tear away from the norm and live life their own way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I finished this book I was completely speechless. The ending play is beyond words. Kate inspires us all that its okay to want something even if it seems impossible. I thought the way Kate handled her man, the racist, and better yet her life in the most professional and deserving way I wish my life was like hers.If you want a book with a powerful message this is without a doubt a book that is great to turn to and read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Has this ever happened to you, and freaked you out? Well, Kate sure was freaked. Kate Pride,the main character in A HEART DIVIDED writen by Cherie Bennett and Jeff Gottesfeld,had just meet Jack Redford...the 3rd. Kate didn't know thet Jack was a very important person, even the high school was named after him! On the first day of school at Redford High, Kate had just met her new best friend, Nikki Roberts. When Nikki decided to change the Redford Flag, trouble stirred up in the school. But, that is just the beginning. I really liked this book because it has an awesome story to tell. The story of a girl that is going through a lot of changes in her life (a lot like me). It tells of how she deals with all of the changes. What I also liked about this book is the author's way of writing. They had a lot of detail and it was very descriptive, and easy to understand. If I were to rate this book from 1 to 10 I whould give it a nine. Megan Montalbano 6th grade
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stayed up all night finishing this book! I think that this definitely shows both sides to the story, and this changes my viewpoint on Southern culture. I also realize how racism is still a big problem in our country. I think the romance between Kate and Jack was really sweet and honest, and you can tell nothing was fake about it. I can relate to Kate's indecision about whether moving back to New Jersey or staying in Redford, since I had moved recently from a small town and loved my life there, but when I moved to a bigger town I found the love of my life, so that was a similarity with us. I would recommend this to anyone as long as they had the will to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading 'A Heart Divided.' 303 of the BEST pages ever written! Very moving and powerful story, and if you can show me anyone who can read this book without shedding a tear and getting a lump in their throat, I can show you a liar. The author truthfully and fairly represents both sides of the controversy. After my contact with this story, I find that I have developed a new respect for the Confederate battle flag. A new classic. Everyone should own a copy of this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is a very good for teens that have a problem moving to a new place. Kate was living in new jersey and her family moved to tennessee and she had a hard time getting ajusted to the town. a guy named Jack helped her settle in. jack and kate got to know eachother very well and became boyfriend and girlfriend. kate moved into a big house and loved it. kate and her church wanted to change the symble and logo to something other than the confederate flag. the school didn't like it to much so they fought back by puting a dead bird on her chair and a note that said they wanted her dead. kate went through a tough time but she made it through alrite. her and jack had planed their life together but of course they had some problems to work out like getting jack's mom to like kate. kate had got ajusted to the town and loved it. well kate and jack went to different shcools, (collages) and kate liked in new york and loved it. well i hope that the teens that read it this read the book. because you bring your own emotions into the book. it is a very good book and i would recamond it to all teens and preteens. it was writen by two very goo writers. well i hope you read thr book. ALWAYS BARBRA POOL