Criss Cross



She Wished Something Would Happen.Something Good To Her Checking Her Wish For Loopholes, She Found One Hoping It Wasn T Too Late, She Thought The Word Soon.Meanwhile, In Another Part Of Town, He Felt As If The World Was Opening Life Was Rearranging Itself Bulging In Places, Fraying In Spots He Felt Himself Changing, Too, But Into What So Much Can Happen In A Summer.Criss Cross

Lynne Rae Perkins is the author of several novels, including her most recent Newbery Award winning book, Criss Cross She enjoys working in her studio, being with friends, watching her kids grow, and watching her husband, Bill, chase their dog around town.

[Epub] Criss Cross By Lynne Rae Perkins – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 337 pages
  • Criss Cross
  • Lynne Rae Perkins
  • 12 November 2017
  • 9780060092740

10 thoughts on “Criss Cross

  1. says:

    I LOVED this book YOU may hate it This story is subtle as heck, and while it resonated with me down to my toes, it is a peculiar tale that some people will throw across the room and rage to the heavens Why in the world did THIS win the Newbery Award Funny, insightful, and wry Yes, things DO happen, although not everyone will agree with me on that I loved the start, where Hector, 14, experiences satori at a coffeehouse concert And now, I know what satori means Thank you, Lynne Perkins I laughed at the school yearbook haiku, I loved the diagram explaining perfect pant length, and I enjoyed the subtle humor and the playful text layout For me, plenty happened Debbie learning to use a stick shift, Hector learning to play guitar to meet girls, of course , and both learning about who th...

  2. says:

    This book won the 2006 Newbery Medal, and I am for once in complete accord with the Newbery Committee Perkins prose is spare and clean Some of the passages simply glow, especially when they are highlighting the ways in which we try to communicate and fail Characters who love each other are at cross purposes with the best intentions in the world The ...

  3. says:

    Well now I better understand the fuss about disappointing Newbery Medal winners This book was boring, not memorable, and the characters did not interest me one bit I don t know if perhaps it was the listening rather t...

  4. says:

    Criss Cross is a beautiful story of what it is really like to be a teenager It doesn t need the drama of violence or break ups to show how fragile the world is when you are in a cocoon, waiting to be a butterfly and without a clue what your wings will look like.It is full of small steps, some leading to new experiences and others just leading nowhere The author s illustrations are a wonderful complement to the randomness of the story lines.My favourite quote from the book sums up what makes it different from other teenage stories So often in books, or in movies, one character looks at another character and understands in a precise way what that person is feeling So often in real life, one person wants to be un...

  5. says:

    A book without much plot, but with beautiful writing and convincingly drawn characters Set in what appears to be the 70 s, Perkins tells the criss crossing stories of a group of friends on the cusp of adolescence Constantly shifting point of view between characters suddenly awkward as they consider the possibilities before them, and the selves they might become, Perkins focuses not on the life changing moments, but on the small events when a piece of oneself comes into greater focus This won t be a hugely popular Newbery winner, but will be appreciated by the quiet, thoughtful reader drawn to psychologically realistic character studies.My favorite passage So often in books, or in movies, one character looks at another character and understands in a precise way what that person is feeling So o...

  6. says:

    One of my little oddities is my inability to not finish a book I know that many people don t understand this little obsession A number of years ago, I took a children s lit class wherein we had to do a buttload of reading I started reading Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes because I thought it would be good to read all the Newbery books But I utterly despised the book My professor, baffled, asked me why I would finish reading such a horrendous book considering how many wonderful books there were out there I told him that I just have to finish a book if I begin reading it Anyway, the moral of this little story should indicate how I feel about Criss Cross. Criss Cross won this year s Newbery award, and this year s Newbery committee won this year s WTF award You could say it s a fair trade, though generations of kids will be cursed with this book on their recommended reading lists I feel for them.I should say that I had been biased going into this book Pat Castelli discussed this book as part of her presentation at UVSC Her handout summarizes the book as follows The story emerges in the 2006 Newbery Award in slice of life chapters from various points of view, thus it may be difficult to engage an average young reader While 14 year old Debbie is the main character, four of her friends are almost as important, three boys and a girl, Patty The cover art show...

  7. says:

    Wonderfully written, and a rare example of the omniscient mode in middle grade YA fiction, where first person point of view has been king in recent years, it seems The warm tone of the narrator follows a group of middle school kids, 14 years old, and some of the adults around them, as they go about their lives in a smallish town in a time before the Internet and cell phones The narrator has a playful side, dipping briefly into the point of view of an inanimate object, such as a necklace, or animals, but two characters become slightly prominent than the others Debbie and Hector The insights into the characters lives, particularly those of the kids, proves the writer has not forgotten what it was like to be 14 in fact, she must have been taking excellent notes.In my taxonomy of writers, there are storytellers and voice masters, the latter blessed with the ability to marry lovely, startling prose to interesting characters in offering amazing commentaries on life, while the former have a sure grasp of plot and are able to shape story arcs that seem inevitable and surprising at the same time Readers tend to prefer one to the other we re all fortunate if we find the rare writer who combines both talents I love a great story but I prefer those with a strong voice and beautiful prose these are the books I r...

  8. says:

    She wished something would happen Something good To her keep wishing This was just a random collection of memories, most of them not contributing towards the story in any way Kirkus Reviews says A poignantly funny coming of age story Not only did I not find it funny, most of the characters barely changed and were just as childish at the start as at the end.I picked this book up because of the interesting cover, and the reviews and blurb on the back I was under the impression something actually would happen in this book, but I was mistaken It s one of those horrible books your year seven teacher is going to jam down your throat, and assume you ll like it aged anywhere from 12 , because it talks about guitars, rebellious clothing choices and secretly learning to drive I hope in reality kids see it as drivel, and they probably will The characters are meant to be around 14, and they come across as much younger They mark holding...

  9. says:

    I just loved this It reminded me of the great fiction I read in Sassy magazine when I was a young teenager, before it went bust I honestly didn t expect to like it, but it wasn t nearly as weird or quirky as I expected I d heard that parts of it were told in verse , for instance, but there s just one short chapter of that and it isn t esoteric.The setting made me think of what Laurie said about the Penderwicks if you re going to write a book set in the forties, SET it in the forties The world these characters live in does seem a little bit gentler and slower than the current one, and the seventies setting understated, not intrusive makes that make sense But I thought, reading it, that when I was this age my world was also a little gentler and slower moving than that of some of the other kids I knew and I m sure that will always be true for some teenagers so in a way, the s...

  10. says:

    This may be the most fascinating Newbery book I ve ever read It manages to be about nothing, and also everything, because it s a book about the ordinary moments most people don t think to write about It s about ordinary characters who aren t special or different, who might live next door And so it s quiet and yet it s not really c...

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