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November 01, 2006


This review was written by Vidhya, a 7th grader.

The plot of "Flipped" is sad, touching, and funny. The plot is interesting because of the characters. The characters change their feelings a lot. You never know what is going to happen.
In one part, Juli gives eggs to the Loski family every morning and Bryce throws them away every day. Bryce does this because his mother is afraid of getting a disease. Though the Loskis think Bryce told Juli to stop giving them the eggs, he doesnít and just throws them away. This happens for two years. When Juli finally sees Bryce one day, she is crushed. Juli complains and is in tears. She explains that she could of made hundreds of dollars by selling the eggs. That moment is sad because of the way Juli feels.

This book has some very touching moments where you wish you were there with the character, such as when Juli goes with her father to visit her retarded uncle for the first time. It was on her uncleí s birthday. When she got there she didnít really understand her uncle. He was speaking differently, and only her father could understand. All three of them went out for ice cream. At the ice cream shop, Juliís uncle dropped his cone on the floor. He made a big fuss and made a huge mess. Juli found it really embarrassing, although when she left she really saw that she liked him a lot. That was a really touching moment. The plot is also somewhat funny in parts. Bryceís parents ask him to ask Juli if she had a rooster (she owns chickens!). Bryce is too scared to ask Juli so he takes his friend Garrett to look over her fence. Garrett, the ďexpert,Ē says they are all chickens.

All the characters are going through the same problem: theyare not looking at what is right in front of them. The characters are Juli Bakerís family, Bryce Loskiís family, schoolmates, and chickens. The characters are the best part of the book. Bryce and Juli judge each other the wrong way. Bryce doesnít take the time to notice the good things about Juli. Juli on the other hand adores Bryce. There are lots of these kinds of problems. The characters really brighten up the story.

Posted by The Bee at 04:07 PM

Where the Heart Is

The reviewer is Vidhya, a 7th grader, who suggests that this book is best read by kids who are in the 8th grade and older.

This book is a very touching book. This book has heart-warming characters. Letts has really woven together a consummate story. Letts has brought out the meaning of life into something as simple as a book. "Where the Heart Is" is a very neato and touching book.

The plot of this book focuses on Novalee Nation who fixes up her life. Letts really makes you feel as if you were there along with Novalee all along. When Letts explains how Novalee is left at Wal-Mart she really goes into detail, including how she left with $7.77 and how she feels. The characters are also introduced so well that you feel as though you have known them for years.

The characters are so creative and absolute. Novalee Nation starts out as a 17-year-old teenager who is 7 months pregnant. She is left in Wal-Mart by her boy friend. She lives in Wal-Mart secretly till Sister Thelma Husband takes her in. There are many people who help Novalee fix up her life, including Lexie Coop, the Ortiz family, Forney Hull, Moses Whitecotton. These people give her a career, help her make choices, and do many other helpful deeds. The characters just simply fall into where they are supposed to be.

Novalee Nation is a girl with her unlucky sevens. There are many bad and good turning points in her life. Every time the number seven comes around something bad happens. Willy Jack, her boyfriend, abandons her. Though her life eventually turns right around and becomes a dream life. Novalee has a baby in a Wal-Mart and the next minute she is working there. Novalee learns about the real life that she hasnít been living. Novalee learns many morals and advice.
Overall, Letts has written a very nice and touching book. She has taught her readers the meaning of life. She has gone into detail about the many daily and common problems in life. Letts shows us that there is more to life then having fun. To read this book made me cry, laugh, and feel in so many ways.

Posted by The Bee at 03:50 PM