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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (June 21, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786817275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786817276
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,144,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Hannah, 13, loves math. In fact, she has "a gift for numbers." But it's 1934, and "math [is] more practical for boys," at least, that's what her teacher says. In her hometown of Chadds Ford, Pa., the most she can hope for is tutoring the younger students and invoicing all of her family's dairy accounts. Only her Granddad McNaughton recognizes the possibilities that Hannah's talent could offer her until Mrs. Theodora Ann Sweet waltzes in from Philadelphia to assess whether Hannah's school should be awarded money from the Wexler Foundation. Griffin (The Other Shepards) makes inventive use of a third-person narration to demonstrate Hannah's computer-like brain and quirky personality. Hannah sums up Mrs. Sweet as "seven suit buttons, eleven footsteps, and five syllables in her name. From bag to beret, Theodora Sweet seemed to be an odd-numbered, slant-sided sort of person"; and she meditates on her favorite number, 32, to try to clear her mind. She travels to Philadelphia to study and to try out for the Wexler Scholarship, but feels divided between math and home. The author remains true to Hannah's personality, laying out the ways in which her eccentricities inhibit her even as she wins over friends who see through to her strengths. Her friend Tru, for instance, offers soothing parting words to Hannah: "All it takes is one chum to make the world shrink to a comfortable size. Wouldn't you say?" Griffin leaves the conclusion realistically and satisfyingly ambiguous, but readers will feel confident that Hannah will come out on top. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-Life in Chadds Ford, PA, in 1934 agrees with 13-year-old Hannah. Full of energy, she helps out as much as she can on the family farm and then goes off to school where she struggles with reading. Her crusty, but beloved, grandfather recognizes her exceptional ability with numbers and encourages her to think about the world beyond the confines of her village. When a Philadelphia philanthropist visits her school, she spots Hannah's special talents and invites her to come to the city to study for a scholarship examination. Hannah's family considers the invitation out of the question, but with Granddad's support, she is soon on her way. There, Hannah is lonely and school life is difficult, but she manages to cope with the help of Joe, another young and feisty scholarship hopeful. When her grandfather dies unexpectedly, she is tempted to forget her dream and return home, but Griffin has created a character too determined and stubborn to take the easy path. Despite her increasing anxiety, which results in almost uncontrollable obsessive counting and tapping, she perseveres. This portrait of a child clearly struggling with the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder is sensitive and convincing. Hannah's fierce will enables her to control many of the outward manifestations of her condition, but readers can feel her daily struggle to keep her urges in check. Joe Elway provides a scrappy, refreshing alternative to Hannah's intensity. The contrast of city with country life, of warm, if sometimes contentious, family life with the lonely life of a boarder in a stranger's house, of friendship with people who have known you since birth with the disdain of new classmates, makes this a novel well worth savoring.
Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Hannah, Divided is a good book. The thing is, there is no real conflict, no real climax, and not a great conclusion. Hannah, Divided is more of a read-on-a-rainy saterday afternoon kind of book then a suspense-filled plot kind of book that keeps you hooked.
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By j m on November 14, 2013
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I enjoyed this book, but my students were ambivalent. I wanted to make it mandatory reading, but decided against it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine Din on December 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is o.k. I have to read it for the book club at school otherwise it would have been out the window. Once I started to read it, it was o.k. I agree with the reviewer before me, it didn't really go anywhere.
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