Seth and Samona

Seth and Samona

by Joanne Hyppolite
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Seth and Samona by Joanne Hyppolite

Seth and Samona are an unlikely pair--he's a quiet boy from a proper Haitian-American family, and Samona's the wildest girl in the fifth grade. But he's her accomplice in every adventure. When Samona decides to enter the Little Miss Dorchester pageant, Seth decides he's got to stop her --she'll never win! But Samona has a big surprise in store for Seth.

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ISBN-13: 9780307568212
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Joanne Hyppolite was born in Haiti in 1969. Her family settled in the United States when she was four years old, and she grew up in Boston. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in creative writing and received her master's degree from the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She lives in Florida, where she plans to pursue her goals of writing and teaching. Joanne is currently studying for her doctorate in Caribbean literature. Seth and Samona, her first novel, won the Second Annual Marguerite de Angeli Prize. Hyppolite's 1998 novel, Ola Shakes It Up, follows nine-year-old Ola as she shakes up the "cooperative community" of Walcott Corners in an effort to make it as lively as her old neighborhood of Roxbury.

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I remember the first thing I thought, the day I met Samona Gemini. She was standing behind Mrs. Gray, our third-grade teacher, with her short hair cornrowed tight to her scalp and making one horrible face after another while Mrs. Gray introduced her to the class. That wasn't the worst part either. Right there in front of the entire third-grade class of Atticus Elementary, she was wearing a pair of underpants so red that you could see them through her white skirt. Everybody was giggling but all I could do was stare with shock. Right then and there I thought, "That Samona Gemini is one crazy girl and I plan to stay away from her." I remember it so well 'cause I've been saying the same thing for two years now, and though I try to stay away from girls as much as possible, that particular one has managed to make me her accomplice in trouble time and time again. Like last summer when she talked me into helping sell this all-natural homemade shampoo door-to-door 'cause it was gonna make us a million bucks but she forgot to tell everyone, including me, that the special ingredient in it was horse manure. The few people who used it were stinking for days after, and me and Samona had to hide out before they stopped looking for us. Or the time our class went on a field trip to the zoo and she said she knew a shortcut to the concession stands and landed us right in the middle of Monkey Paradise with the chimpanzees. We weren't allowed to go on field trips for the rest of the year.



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I remember the first thing I thought, the day I met Samona Gemini. She was
standing behind Mrs. Gray, our third-grade teacher, with hershort hair
cornrowed tight to her scalp and making one horrible face after another while
Mrs. Gray introduced her to the class. That wasn't the worst part either.
Right there in front of the entire third-grade class of Atticus Elementary, she
was wearing a pair of underpants so red that you could see them through her
white skirt. Everybody was giggling but all I could do was stare with shock.
Right then and there I thought, "That Samona Gemini is one crazy girl and I
plan to stay away from her." I remember it so well `cause I've been saying the
same thing for two years now, and though I try to stay away from girls as much
as possible, that particular one has managed to make me her accomplice in
trouble time after time again.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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