One Whole and Perfect Day

One Whole and Perfect Day

by Judith Clarke


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This wholly satisfying Michael L. Printz Honor Book is told from multiple points of view. Lily Samson both loves and is embarrassed by her eccentric family. Her grandmother has an invisible friend; her grandfather is a racist (she believes); her mother brings elderly clients home from work for dinner; and her older brother keeps dropping in and out of school. Lily wishes her family could be "normal" for just one day. Then serendipity strikes. Through a series of surprising encounters, Lily's family members all reach new understanding about themselves and make changes for the better—and Lily gets her dream of one whole and perfect day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620910252
Publisher: Highlights
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 430,878
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Judith Clarke has written many award-winning young adult novels including Night Train, The Lost Day, and Al Capsella and the Watchdogs. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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One Whole and Perfect Day 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Rennifred on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One Whole and Perfect Day is marketed as a young adult novel, although only one of the "point of view" characters is in high school. The rest of the characters are adults, several of them are elderly. Clarke does an admirable job establishing an individual voice for each of the rather several characters who alternate telling the events culminating in the "whole and perfect day" of the title. My disappointment with this book is that the plot is contrived of coincidences. Granted, that is the implicit promise of the novel, but for me it cheapens the hard work the author did to create these characters.
mcgarry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yr 9 - Yr 12.Lily's family aren't exactly freaks but they are all peculiar in their own way. And Lily had always been the sensible one. Sometimes she wished she could be like the other girls in her year. Maybe she should fall in love. What could be less sensible than that? Fall in love? Ridiculous! But as she hurried down the corridor she saw Daniel Steadman and their eyes caught, only for a second, but the tiny encounter gave Lily a strange light woozy feeling inside her head. It made her brain feel funny, like a tablet fizzing, dissolving away inside a water glass.
JudiMoreillon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is slow, but for readers who persist, they will find this book has a satisfying ending. Another view of immigrants and bigotry, this one Australian, will broaden perspectives and engender meaningful discussion. Australian words and slang will increase readers¿ interest.
Puddles More than 1 year ago
My family received an advance copy of the audio CD version of this book. We listened to it traveling up the California coast a few weeks ago. The car has never been so captivated (or quiet) during a road trip as it was when we listened to this audio book. Truly a pleasure! Judith Clarke and Gretal Montgomery are a winning combination. The writing is clever, fun, and appropriate for all ages. The narration skillfully conveys the sense of the text to the listener at all times (the Australian accent is pleasant and subtle- just enough and not overpowering for my daughters' understanding). Hope to see more books/audio from this combination.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i really enjoyed this book! i thought the plot was laid out well and the amount of coincidences made the story interesting! i love the eccentricity added to all the characters and their individuality. definitely worth reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the whole book is basically built on Lily having her 'perfect day that's whole' but in the book lily doesn't even have the party, and there's no action with that daniel steadman guy. The ending was too abrupt and the book is basically about her family and their problems.. not much about there with lily just that she was so looking forward to the party but the book ended without there even being a party... just the before celebration and how it 'is' going to be a perfect day with everybody there to celebrate pop's birthday.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book started out slow, and I had my doubts. As I kept reading though, I learned more about the characters and found something to like about each of them. The book switches nararators, which keeps it interesting. The story is great and revolves around all the characters in different ways, making it a very good book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Samsons are no ordinary family. There's the endearing grandmother May, the stout and stubborn Pop, and their daughter Marigold. Then there is the dreamy and 'poetic' Lonnie, and Lily, the only 'sensible' one in in the clan. As May plans Pop's eighieth birthday party, Lily desperately tries to reconcile Lonnie and Pop from a falling out over college majors and Lonnie's shiftlessness...All she hopes for is that 'one whole and perfect day'-the day her family can never seem to have. A novel filled with unexpected twists and turns, each hilarious character makes the book worth reading, and the sharp and often humorous prose becomes a surprising ending, one riddled with serendipity.