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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400094879
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400094875
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,975,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ann M. Martin is the bestselling author of the momentous series The Baby-sitters Club, as well as the Main Street series. Her other acclaimed novels include "A Dog's Life," "Belle Teal," "Here Today," and the Newbery Honor Book "A Corner of the Universe." She lives in upstate New York. For more information, visit www.scholastic.com/bsc.

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My 11 year old asked me to read it with her.
jessica hearst
Many children can relate to the sadness, anger, fury, lonelinesss, confusion, and fear that Ellie experiences throughout the book.
Green Marker Girl
I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read historical and realistic fiction.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on December 10, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ellie tells how her family and life fall apart in the year 1963. Ellie is a Spectacular. She lives in the town of Spectacle where her mother, Doris Day Dingman, yearns to be the constant center of attention --- a Spectacular spectacle. Doris wins the Bosetti Beauty award, which gives her five free shopping minutes at the Bosetti Grocery Store, by stuffing the box with twenty-five forms. She then revels in the attention of the audience, and continues wearing the tiara long after the contest is over.

Ellie's family lives on Witch Tree Lane, along with the other fascinating misfits in town. Ellie has many friends on the street, some of whom function as substitute mothers during Doris's many classes in dance, acting, and singing. Doris believes in making things happen. She has changed her name to that of the movie star, Doris Day. She talks the local A&P market into letting her be the Lehman's Spam Spread girl.

Doris is gone five hours the afternoon she heads off to talk the local clothing store into a fashion show (starring herself, of course). In response to her absence, Mr. Dingman is too quiet, Ellie's brother Albert is furious, and her sister Marie cries. When Doris comes home late --- and drunk --- she and her husband argue loudly.

As Ellie and her best friend Holly start sixth grade, they're impressed with their young cute male teacher and with the new girl, Tammy White, who is not in awe of the popular girls --- the ones who delight in torturing Ellie and Holly. Doris appears in Ellie's classroom dressed in a tight red dress and very high heels, with her hair in a bouffant tower. Ellie is humiliated, but Tammy is intrigued.

As time goes on, Ellie can't sleep at night. She knows something terrible is going to happen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
Broadway actress, Tony Award Winner, accomplished voice performer, Judy Kaye's accomplishment are many. Add to that list her thoughtful reading of this story of an 11-year-old girl trying her best to keep her life together in the turbulent sixties.

While many moms baked cookies, shepherded school field trips, Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman's mother most definitely did not. That was really low down on the agenda for this mom who has taken the name of Doris Day Dingman and longs to be a star. This dream is awfully hard on Ellie as she realizes that Mom (who insists she be called Doris not mom) is actually rather showy, in fact, cheap. The kids at school taunt Ellie, and there are times when she thinks they're right. Solace is found with Holly, her best friend and neighbor.

Since Doris is most often away from home pursuing her hopes of fame and fortune and Dad works very long hours, much is left for Ellie to look after. Too much for a girl her age. Eventually, Doris really makes a break and runs away to New York City. Is she discovered by a talent scout? No, she's discovered behind the counter of a rather dingy department store.

Throughout the upheaval in her family Ellie learns one of life's important lessons. Ms. Martin has again painted a poignant picture of growing up.

- Gail Cooke
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Green Marker Girl on August 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Here Today is a perfect example of a classic Ann M. Martin book. Ellie's thoughts, struggles, and emotions are clearly portrayed and explained through Ms. Martin's clear, well explained words, analogies, and explanations. Many children can relate to the sadness, anger, fury, lonelinesss, confusion, and fear that Ellie experiences throughout the book. Being the mother role to her young brother and sister is hard on Ellie, as is being picked on mercilessly at school, and her mother packing up and moving away for a "better life" away from her family. This book is very clear and holds attention, and is a very good choice.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Bickett on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The year 1963 was one of many trials and tribulations for eleven-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman, better known as Ellie. After her fame-seeking egocentric mother deserts the family to chase her acting dreams in New York City, Ellie is left to take on the maternal role for her younger brother and sister. At the same time, Ellie must endure the pangs of being seen as an "outsider" at school and the terrorizing acts of bigotry towards the "rejects" who live on Witch Tree Lane. In the end, Ellie must come to terms with the one thing she has been dreading. Will Ellie overcome this devastating blow in her life? Most importantly, what will come of this troubled young girl, who lives on Witch Tree Lane, in the small town of Spectacle?

Once again, Ann M. Martin captures her readers through sharing the heartrending and genuine story of Miss Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman. While reading this beautifully written novel, I found myself riding along-side Ellie on the "emotional roller-coaster" she calls life. Ellie seized my heart and inspired my soul. As a result, I highly recommend HERE TODAY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LovelySadie on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was absolutely beautiful. I am a huge fan of realistic plotlines that are not commonly used. This book, in my opinion, would be great for 9-15 year olds (mostly girls) to read instead of goofy romancy novels or never-ending series about girls who never seem to get older.

Anyway, this book tells the story of a young girl who is struggling with a mother who obviously has no desire to raise her children. It's more than an 11 year old girl taking care of her siblings and watching her mother go. It's about the bonds a mother has with her children. The hardest part of this book is that Doris truly does love her children, and that is the biggest conflict in the book. While it would be a great read for young girls I also found it to be very touching as a college student. I recommend this book to anyone who loves to read historical and realistic fiction.

The story is beautiful and I know this is a book that I will read again and hopefully will be able to use when I teach.
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