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  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385743262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385743266
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-Lizzie and Ben have a lot in common. Eleven years old, they were born days apart, their mothers were once best friends, and they recently lost their fathers, although Ben's died, while Lizzie's left Alabama for parts unknown. Lizzie's father left her a gold locket that once belonged to her paternal grandmother; the slingshot his dad made becomes Ben's constant companion. These talismans figure in the resolution of the story. Scratching out a living in a small town during the Depression becomes even harder when Lizzie's mother's sadness stops her from functioning. The girl is left to struggle to keep her grades up, maintain daily chores, and handle a rivalry with a mean-spirited girl, Erin. Making matters worse, it seems that Ben has befriended Erin. He is wise beyond his age and recognizes Lizzie for whom she is. He tolerates her selfishness until it escalates, forcing him away. Lizzie keeps a journal with her innermost thoughts and feelings, providing insight into the behaviors she describes in her narration. Erin and her mother, quite unlikable characters, attempt unsuccessfully to further separate Lizzie's family (an orphanage for her, an institution for her mother). The plot is at times tense, with a contrived albeit satisfying conclusion. The characters are memorable. Lizzie is often self-absorbed, unsympathetic, and highly competitive, but as she matures, she recognizes these traits in herself and tries to grow. Often too gentle, Ben can finally articulate his feelings to Lizzie. Readers will likely see parallels between Lizzie's time and personality and their own.-Maria B. Salvadore, formerly at District of Columbia Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Eleven-year-old Lizzie Hawkins has her share of troubles: out-of-work Dad has abandoned the family, prompting Mama’s descent into a near-catatonic state; and classmate and bully Erin Sawyer regularly threatens to inform the authorities, which could result in institutionalization for Mama and an orphanage for Lizzie. Convinced her father will return (and that he would not want her to ask for help), Lizzie does her best to manage on her own, even as her family’s financial situation continues to crumble. Set in Bittersweet, Alabama, in 1932, Golden’s debut brims with local color and colloquialisms (“Kiss my grits”). The characterizations of Lizzie and best friend Ben (who has his own troubles) are particularly well drawn, and Golden is effective in conveying their different approaches to hardships—Lizzie confronts every obstacle with a battle, while Ben trusts everyone, including those he shouldn’t. Less nuanced is nemesis Erin; by the time her extenuating motivations are revealed, readers will likely be too disgusted to forgive. Pair with Clare Vanderpool’s Moon over Manifest (2010). Grades 4-6. --Kay Weisman

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Smith on July 18, 2013
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It's not often that I'm unable to put down a book, but this is one that captured me from the very beginning. Golden's character of Lizzy not only accurately portrays a girl facing a tough situation with grace, but she embraces the complexity of character all will understand. I'm grateful I read this book. It has touched me.
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This is an excellent book. I recommended it to my book club and everyone loved it. It is well written and is clean, with no bad language and no sex scenes. It gives a moving glimpse into the depression era. A book worth reading.
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I loved the writing, the characters, and most of all, the message. I am looking forward to more books from this talented first time author.
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By Heidi Grange on December 4, 2013
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Life is challenging for, soon-to-be-twelve, Lizzie and her mother. With her father having left and her mother in a several state of depression, Lizzie is left to keep things together. But trying to find money to pay the mortgage as well as doing the cooking and laundry plus trying to find time for schoolwork and her friend, Ben, is stressing Lizzie out. And a girl at school is determined to prevent Lizzie from not only taking top honors at school, but from finding a way to keep her home life together as well. And Ben seems to be slipping away as well. Can Lizzie find a way to persist or will she be forced to concede as did her father?

Strengths: The character development here is superbly done. Each character stands out clearly with his/her own problems. Lizzie is such a dominant character though that she has a hard time seeing anything beyond her own problems. This leads to serious problems some of which Lizzie brings on herself with her refusal to listen or ask for help. The themes of friendship, loyalty, persistence, and the power of a listening ear all shine through very clearly. Beautifully written and beautifully told, Every Day After is sure to be a Newbery contender.

Weaknesses: Lizzie's stubbornness and self-focus were rather frustrating at times. I wanted to jump into the book and shake her a couple of times. Hmm. Maybe not a weakness in the story, just a personal pet peeve
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I enjoyed reading this book. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because the fighting between Lizzie and Erin really wore on me, especially when they did it right in front of adults. I know the author wanted to paint Erin in a bad light, but I can't believe she didn't have one ounce of good in her. Just seemed a bit much as times. But, otherwise great book!
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By JS on October 27, 2013
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This is the beautiful and powerful story of a young girl struggling to meet incredible hardship during the Great Depression. Raised to be stoic and never ask for help, Lizzie's world collapses when her father abandons the family and her mother sinks into a catatonic state. She must find a way to hold everything together or risk losing what little they have left. A moving story about what true strength is. Lizzie's courage and determination make her a character you won't soon forget.
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