Criss CrossBook - 2005
Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her. Soon. In the meantime, Debbie loses a necklace and finds a necklace (and boy does the necklace have a story to tell), she goes jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy), she learns to drive shift in a truck (illegally), she saves a life (directly connected to being able to drive, thus proving something), she takes a bus ride to another town (in order to understand what it feels like to be from "elsewhere"), she meets a boy (who truly is from "elsewhere"), but mostly she hangs out with her friends: Patty, Hector, Lenny, and Phil. Their paths cross. Their stories crisscross. And in Lynne Rae Perkins's remarkable book, a girl and her wish grow up. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white pictures, comics, and photographs by the author.
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CourtneyHendon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 18
29090010291704DL thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over
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Criss Cross is about several teenagers; summer in a small town. It doesn't have a distinct plot- instead Criss Cross is more realistic- it is simply the story of a realistic summer. Through this summer, the teens discover who they are in their own way as they go about their lives, doing new things and dwelling in the familiar.
There are different teenagers who are encountering new and different situations that are all helping them figure out who they are.
This book is about two main characters Debbie and Hector. Their lives are full of trials and tribulations, and the book is about how they deal with certain situations, and the wishes they make as they enter adulthood.
This book follows the lives of Debbie, Hector, and Lenny. They are three small town teens spending their summer listening to music, wondering about themselves, growing up, meeting new people, and understanding things that they did not before. There is a lot of detail in each one of their stories but not much of a plot seems to appear. It is basically talking about their lives and what happened during their summer off.
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"It was a relief to shift her thoughts away from boys and what happened when she tried to talk to one of them."
"The trouble with being too careful about your wishes, though, was that you could end up with a wish so shapeless that it could come true and you wouldn't even know it, or it wouldn't matter."
“A life force that seeped in, through, and under the music, like God in the Communion wafer”.
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