Poetry is everywhere, as Wolff (The Mozart Season) proves by fashioning her novel with meltingly lyric blank verse in the voice of an inner-city year-old. Here is a mature story of a poor adolescent girl’s concern for a peer whose life challenges are more taxing than her own. National Book Award winner Virginia Euwer Wolff completes her award-winning Make Lemonade hn has struggled to get out of the projects and.

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Enter year-old LaVaughn, as street naOve as she is book smart. Jolly tries unsuccessfully to get a new job, and rejects LaVaughn’s suggestion that she go back to school so that she can get better jobs, for fear that her children might get taken away from her.

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Make Lemonade (Make Lemonade, #1) by Virginia Euwer Wolff

LaVaughn contacts people at her school and finds out that if Jolly can go back to school, she can get free daycare for the kids. Soon afterwards, LaVaughn brings in new lemon seeds, because the second round of seeds did not grow either. I like that there isn’t anything too trite like a scene where LaVaughn just gives in an cleans Jolly’s apartment for her which is what I might have done.

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Make Lemonade

As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

I would recommend this book to people who are currently in unfortunate positions. The relationships she builds gives her new perspective and understanding into the world lemonde herself. But college is expensive and Lavaughn needs money. I found this book depressing, but the writing is beautiful and the story poses some worthwhile questions. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.


Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. I picked up the lemon seeds. I love LaVaughn and Jolly and their weird, codependent growing up. LaVaughn has her mom come to help with Jolly, and her mom tells Jolly she needs to take hold of her life and criticizes Jolly.

If I pour all their blood they bleed into a pool, would lemonzde overspill? No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. The symbol that the author uses is lemon seeds. LaVaughn’s first person voice is poignantly like that of other young women I’ve known as they grew up, and makes me mist over a little bit.

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. A few weeks later, Jolly comes home and announces that she was fired. Lavaughn helps with the kids still, and jolly has to go to school to get a better job and support her kids. Andrea Here are the 2 sequels: But she also gets something big in return, something not always obvious at the moment, and often not until a lot of life has passed beneath one’s eyes.

This is in poetic prose form all the way through. Today, she is no longer teaching, but writes full-time. It’s totally unnecessary to tell this story in any kind of verse, but whatever. It was hard for her because she had to babysit 2 little kids and keep up with her study’s.

View all 3 comments. The novel discusses her encounters and struggles with topics such as poverty, unemployment, teenage pregnancy, parenting, sexual harassment, education, drugs, and isolation from family. And euuwer both sucks and blows. As I have for the other verse novels I’ve read I felt like the poetry in Make Lemonade led to lack of complexity in characterization and material closer to a short story than a “novel”.

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View all 4 comments. They just have to lie in it. Common terms and phrases ain’t Annie arms ask Jolly baby babysitting Balloon Balloon Balloon Barbara billionaire breathing chicken pox cockroach comes counselor Day Care diapers dirt face feet fingers floor folks girl give go back goes gonna gonna learn Hacky sack hair hand head hear Hershey’s Kisses hollering homework Jell-O Jeremy and Jilly Jeremy looks Jeremy’s Jolly looks Jolly says Jolly wants Jolly’s keep kitchen knew lady laughed LaVaughn legs lemon seeds listen little kid math mess Minnie Mouse Mom’s Moms mother mouth never nose okay orange pick picture potty Program pull remember rototilled says Jolly screaming shoes shoulder sitting smell sofa sposed stares Steam Class talk teacher tell her Yes tell Jolly there’s things throwup toilet told towel turns Vaseline voice walk watch Welfare what’s whole word Yeah Zimbabwe.

Another one from my YA Lit class. It IS being a parent. Jolly is struggling and the LaVaughn is helping her out by babysitting.

It tells the story of a young girl in the poorer neighborhoods in NYC who answers an ad to babysit for two young children. I think we kids’ authors still start out with hope every morning.

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