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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (February 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061625019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061625015
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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Emily’s father, whose identity is a mystery, has always been missing from her life, but this story revolves around another mystery: it’s a missing copy of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, the book that Emily’s mother chose for her daughter before she was born, along with her name and destiny. Despite her mother’s wish that she be a poet, the sixth-grader clearly prefers writing romance stories, complete with happy endings. Still, at home, at school, and on the hunt for the treasured book, poetry is often a topic of conversation or reflection. Fate and chance have a role in Emily’s story, but she increasingly takes the lead and actively shapes her future. Emily’s engaging first-person narrative chronicles her daily life, her wonderfully quirky family, her musings on fate, her growing sense of self, and her one-way correspondence with her favorite writer, Danielle Steel. The book’s idyllically happy ending may have its critics, but most young readers will find it entirely satisfying. Grades 4-6, --Carolyn Phelan

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“Aptly set amid the hippie ambiance of Berkeley, Calif., and peopled by offbeat, but believable characters, Fitzmaurice’s story deftly mingles Dickinson, Danielle Steel, a budding crush, and protesting tree sitters while maintaining suspense that leads to a satisfying ending.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A sweet book that should appeal to fans of Wendy Mass, Joan Bauer, Sharon Creech, and the like.” (School Library Journal)

“There’s a proto-romance with classmate Connor Kelly, attention paid to environmental issues and some interesting poetry, but the focus is squarely on Emily’s growing self-determination. Emotionally, her story rings true. Readers will applaud Emily’s newfound understanding of the workings of destiny and might even follow her lead.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Emily’s exploration of fate is intriguingly presented, and a happy ending comes about through both Emily’s choices and pure luck, leaving readers with the pleasantly paradoxical idea that fate is both beyond and within one’s control...Emily is a strong and likable heroine.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

More About the Author

When Kathryn was thirteen years old, her mother sent her to New York City over the summer to visit her grandmother, who was a science fiction author. After seeing how her grandmother could make the characters in her books into whomever she wanted, Kathryn decided that she, too, wanted to become a writer someday. Years later, after teaching elementary school, earning her Master's Degree in Education, and taking many different writing classes, she now writes full time and lives with her husband, two sons, and her dog, Holly, in Monarch Beach, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynfitzmaurice.com

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You want to know what Emily Elizabeth destiny is and where it leads her!
Sarah
Emily's letters to Danielle Steele and love of romance novels' happy endings are also so brilliantly woven into the story.
Kayla Beck
This was such an awesome book, definitely a good read, and it was a pretty fast read too.
Alyssa Greatbanks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. Day on June 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a great middle school book!
I love how Emily changed her destiny and was able to make her mother see things her way.
I love the Haiku poetry in the second chapter and how original the story is!!
My favorite part were her letters to Danielle Steel.
I recommend this book to EVERYONE!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Levesque on April 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Realistic Fiction
352 pages
Recommended for grades 4-6

Emily Elizabeth Davis is named after poet great Emily Dickinson. This story opens in a used bookstore the day before Emily is born. Her mother, Isabella, is inspired by a first edition of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Isabella decides to name her daughter Emily. She then pens an inscription to her unborn daughter in the front of the book. I know, gasp! In the front of a first edition Emily Dickinson!
Isabella is a big believer in a person's destiny being something that we don't trifle with, it just happens to us. But Emily isn't so sure. Emily has always wondered who and where her father is, but her mother won't tell her. Isabella claims that when their paths are meant to cross, they will. It isn't until Emily's book of poems is mistakenly sent to Goodwill that her mother admits to writing Emily's father's name somewhere in the book. Emily must set out to find her book, and her father by rewriting her own destiny. Some mom, huh?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brittany Moore VINE VOICE on June 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Emily's destiny is set in stone. Her mother named her after the famous poet, Emily Dickinson, and she says that Emily's destined to be a great poet. The only problem is that Emily doesn't really care much for poetry; she doesn't get it. She wants a different destiny. When she accidentally loses her baby book (a book full of Dickinson poems that her mother wrote all the important information in) she finds out just how much control destiny holds over her life and what she can change.

This was such a fun novel. I loved Emily. Her mother was totally pleasant and a little strange which was excellent. I loved following Emily while she tried to discover where her book went. This was a great tale about how destiny plays a part in our lives.

The characters were one of the best parts of this book. Each one of them just came to life and they were very fun. The voice for this novel was great too. Emily jumped around with her focus just like a real person would. Her adventures were much more fun through her eyes than they might be if they were written differently.

Whether or not you believe that we are controlled by destiny, this is a complete delight of a book. The characters are fun and just a tad quirky. I hadn't read anything from Kathryn Fitzmaurice before, but I'm glad that this one caught my eye.

First Line:
"My destiny was decided in a secondhand bookstore the day before I was born when my mother, Isabella, found a book of poems."

Favorite Line:
"I'll make it a scientific poem and entitle it 'Scattered Nothingness' if you want."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on May 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Destiny Rewritten is a MUST READ! This book pulls you in and you can not put it down. You want to know what Emily Elizabeth destiny is and where it leads her!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Beck on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read this book over the holidays, and it's fitting. I knew that I had to be the Grinch because my heart grew two sizes the day I finished reading Destiny, Rewritten. It felt as if it would burst right out of my chest because I was felt with such overwhelming happiness and love for the characters, who are some of my all-time literary favorites. There is not one person in the book that I did not want to scoop up and squeeze into a bear hug.

Destiny, Rewritten taught me something that I have been overlooking about myself - I LOVE stories that make references to other stories or pieces of pop culture. I found myself giggling several times throughout the book because of arguments that Emily Elizabeth Davis and Wavey St. Clair, her best friend, would have about female roles in Star Wars, Little House on the Prairie, or even paper towel commercials. This was a perfect little running joke (it has to be a joke because it was so hilarious!) to go along with Emily while she searched to find her lost book, unknown father, and herself. Emily's letters to Danielle Steele and love of romance novels' happy endings are also so brilliantly woven into the story. There are also tree-huggers, used bookstores, a cashier from Goodwill who is all things awesome, and more minor characters who kept me beaming.

My absolute favorite part of the book, however, was that each child in the story was encouraged to be their very best at whatever they did. The children were supportive of each other, and not one of the adults ever treated any of them as anything less than the intelligent, nerdy, brilliant balls of potential they were. Yes, there are bullies and adults telling kids "There's no way you can do that!
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Format: Kindle Edition
Awesome! I'll say it again, awesome. If you haven't had the chance to read one of Fitzmaurice's books you are missing out on some of the most sensitive and insightful middle grade authors. She might as well use a paintbrush because the images her words create are incredible. Add to that complex characters, not just the protagonist but all the characters that surround Emily are fascinating people and I would know them if I met them on the street. This is definitely, going on my list of favorite reads for 2013!
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