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Alone at Ninety Foot
By author: Katherine Holubitsky
Selling Points: death, family
ISBN: 9781551432045
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Jan/01/2001
Lexile Level: 600
Pages: 192
Fiction Ages 12+
Availability: In stock.
Price:  $14.00
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Yes, that is the problem. That's the only problem. I want my mom back. I want her to knock at my bedroom door and come walking in. I want her to tell me to get my homework done. I want to go with her for a walk in the canyon, up the old logging trails where every step on the thick forest floor is a new adventure. Sometimes I get so, so mad at her for doing this to me.

Fourteen year old Pamela Collins is struggling to come to terms with her mother's death. Somewhat shy, Pamela is thoughtful, full of passion, often funny and sometimes tearful as she learns to cope with the emotional overload the tragedy has brought to her life. Her favourite things include walking alone in Lynn Canyon Park, the art of Emily Carr, and a certain boy with a "wicked grin." At the moment she dislikes her English teacher, shopping and being singled out for special treatment because of her mother’s death. Pamela is tall and slim and mostly uncomfortable with her rapidly changing body. She is unsure of herself and unsure of the loyalty of her friends.
VOYA - December 1, 1999
"In this gentle and introspective look at the emotional overload of a teenage girl, younger readers will find themselves relating to and caring about the realistically drawn characters."
The Observer - December 1, 1999
"Deals with complex issues with great honesty; it ends with resolutions that answer our questions while leaving the door open for more possibilities. All in all, a wonderful book."
Center for Children's Books - October 25, 1999
"Holubitsky deftly captures the clumsy sulkiness that hides adolescent heartbreak." "This is a story that manages to avoid traps of obvious confessionality while still compellingly revealing the pain and labor of adjustment to loss."
Publisher's Weekly - September 13, 1999
"Authentic and insightful."
KLIATT - September 1, 1999
"Full of sharp, funny observations and up-to-date references." "Holubitsky shows real talent for writing about the world of teens and the slow road to emotional healing."
Children's Literature - September 1, 1999
"Holubitsky has successfully caught the nuances of adolescent life with its mercurial highs and lows." "Highly recommended."
The Georgia Staight - August 12, 1999
"This is a YA novel to watch come awards time." "The subject is dark, of course, but Holubitsky writes Pam's diary entries with a rollicking lightness 12- to 16-year-olds will relish."
Edmonton Journal - June 27, 1999
"A novel whose strength comes from the way in which it leads us to recognize the contemporary world of the teen herd while it applauds those who are determinedly their own people."
Resource Links - January 1, 1999
"Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic and always powerful."

Awards

ABA Pick of the List, commended  US  1999
ALA Best Books for Young Adults, commended  US  2000
YALSA Quick Picks, long-listed  US  1999
CBC "This Morning" Book Panel Selection, commended  CA  1999
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  1999
CLA Young Adult Book Award, winner  CA  1999
IODE Violet Downey Book Award, winner  CA  2000
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2001
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, commended  US  1999
PNLA Young Reader's Choice nominee, short-listed  US  2002
Red Cedar nominee, short-listed  CA  1999
Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award nominee, short-listed  CA  1999
Teacher Librarian Magazine Best Books for Young Adults , commended  US  1999
Tiny Torgi Audio Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2001


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