by Kathryn Erskine
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Quaking 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
arlo hettle More than 1 year ago
Quakaing is not your average book it is really sad but it really makes you want to keep reading it. Afterwards you will want to read more by this author but this is her best book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my mom's roomie in college is the author of this book so its neat to have a connection. matt taking a journey that challenges her in life, has many battles to face, emotionally & physically. while dealing w/ a new family and simply trying to make it through school, matt is a relatable character to many teenagers such as myself who often feel alone & unwilling to take care from others. it's a poweful story & a must read for any teen!
Guest More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't know if i would like this book, but once I started reading I couldn't stop. I loved the syle of the writing and I was always intrested in Matt's emotional changes and conflicts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another Stap at Life. by Hingman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked everything about this book
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
How can you not love a book that starts like this:

"Families come in all varieties but with no warranties. I have lived with first cousins twice removed, second cousins once removed, and now a third cousin who is removing herself. I call her Loopy. Because of her large earrings. And because she is insane.

Loopy drives like a ten-year-old car thief on a sugar high."

From the very beginning, Matt (not Mattie, and certainly not Matilda) has a chip on her shoulder. She's angry and cynical, and she has good reason to be. Loopy is about to dump her off at "the next hostile takeover."

"I finally found a second cousin of mine, but you need to make it work, Matt. This is the end of the line for you."

The end of the line is the home of Sam and Jessica Fox and their disabled foster son, the Blob. These aren't Matt's kind of people. For one thing, they're Quakers. They believe so strongly in peace that they don't even have the good sense to run and hide when bullies challenge them. They just stand there. That's what Sam calls it--taking a stand. As far as Matt can tell, it's just being plain stupid. Everyone knows you're supposed to run from bullies, and that's just what she intends to do if the Rat decides to make her the next Victim of bullying at her new school.

Kathryn Erskine never underestimates her readers as she allows this story to push the limits and tackle issues that most sweep under the rug when company is coming. I love Matt's sarcastic commentary on the state of the world as she faces the challenge of her own life. There is no doubt that this character is strong and capable--much like the writer who created her.

This is a book I'll keep on my shelf and come back to again and again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Using staccato sentences devoid of contractions and narrated in present tense, Quaking evokes the kind of raw emotion akin to road rash on your heart. The main character, Matt, is a young teen who has been shuffled from home to home. She has developed a thick skin and a healthy sense of self-preservation, as well as a plan to run away to Canada. That changes when she meets Sam and Jessica, Quaker relatives who take her in and are determined to love her¿whether she allows them to or not. The story revolves around Matt¿s interaction between the Foxes and their handicapped foster son, Rory. It presents some interesting perspectives on the Iraqi war as well as the subject of bullying and domestic violence. The characters are treated with such a tender touch that it is difficult not to be sucked into their world and to hope that Matt will be all right. Even more amazing, is the way the main characters are able to portray meekness without even the slightest hint of weakness. This book would have some curricular ties to any history class that discusses conscientious objectors, or classes that deal with religion or diversity.