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Scribbler of Dreams Paperback – October 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152045694
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152045692
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

It's the Crutchfields v. the Malones in this lush Romeo and Juliet story about two related California families that have hated each other for generations, even though (or perhaps because) they own adjacent tracks of ocean-view land. Like the rest of her family, 17-year-old Kait Malone blames the Crutchfields for everything, particularly now that her father's in jail for killing Robert Crutchfield in what the Malones claim was an accident. Money is short, because the Malones refuse to sell any of their land, so Kait and her sister must transfer to the public high school under assumed names. And then the unthinkable happens: Kait falls head over heels in love with a beautiful boy named Bram--who turns out to be a Crutchfield. As their romance deepens, Kait's lies about her identity grow ever more complicated. She clings to her conviction that the Crutchfields are monsters--except for Bram--although this belief grows harder and harder to sustain as she meets his family. When Bram's mother loans her the crumbling journals of one of the two sisters who began the feud, Kait finds the truth is a source of compassion. Yet she still postpones her revelation to Bram, as tension builds and the situation finally escalates out of her control. But all ends well, and teen romantics will heave a satisfied sigh at the happily-ever-after ending. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

Drawing on the all-too-familiar theme of young lovers from warring families, Pearson (David v. God) recounts the relationship between Kaitlin, a high school senior who keeps a journal, and her more well-to-do artist-boyfriend, Bram. Borrowed diaries reveal to Kaitlin that the two California families are related five generations back, when two sisters became estranged as the result of a marital infidelity. More recently, Kaitlin's father is accused of killing Bram's father, perhaps accidentally, in a feud over rights to their neighboring properties and, further straining credibility, Kaitlin manages to win Bram over by concealing her identity. The whole maudlin tale is never fully sorted out and, in a highly unlikely denouement, Kaitlin gives a confused speech to her class about escaping the past and being honest. This seems to win back Bram, who says, "I never did care much for history." The story also suffers from repetitiveness (readers are reminded many times that Kaitlin is a "proud Malone") and the writing is filled with platitudes and clich‚d writing ("my footsteps kept time with my beating heart"). Heavy on formula, it seems more like a romance novel than a trenchant adolescent love story. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Mary E. Pearson is the author of several award winning books for teens, including the best-selling Jenna Fox Chronicles. She is a native Southern Californian and writes full time from her home in Carlsbad, California where she lives with her family.

Her awards and honors include the Golden Kite Award, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, the Andre Norton Honor, and The South Carolina Young Adult Book Award.

Her newest series, The Remnant Chronicles, kicks off with THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first in a trilogy about a defiant princess living in the ruins of a bygone world.

Her website, www.marypearson.com has more information about Mary and her books.

Customer Reviews

I started reading it on a Friday and finished the next day!
Christa Woods
This book will make you feel like crying (like I did), make you happy, and leaving you wanting to know what happened after the story ends.
"ladyjayliz"
I recommend this book to anyone who likes love stories with an intense plot.
Emmah Schramke

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Gilligan on March 27, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
You know the story. Two families have hated each other all their lives, and continue the tradition by raising their children to hate each other. However, the children meet, not knowing the other is their enemy, and fall in love. It's a fresh spin on it- Kait starts a new school and feeling overwhelmed, spends her time writing in her journal. But who should she meet but a boy named Bram who also likes to spend his time in the shade, quietly drawing. The two are drawn to each other and all is going well until Kait finds out who he really is. Can their love overcome their family history? You'll have to read to find out!

Overall it's a cute story, and though I don't expect one, I'd love to see a sequel. There are a lot of loose ends still laying around when the story finishes and I'd like to see what else could happen in Kait and Bram's lives.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kayla on August 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the kind of book I could read over and over again. I love the romance in it. It's about a girl who's name is Kait. Her family has hated the Crutchfields for years because of an ancient fued between them. Kait thinks she's born to hate them, until one day, she meets the son of the man who was killed accidentally by her father. Suddenly, Kait doesn't know what to think. As the story goes on, she learns more about the history of the feud, what really happened, and who the Crutchfields really are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly M. Raymond on February 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
Scribbler of Dreams was a really good book, by Mary E. Pearson. She writes good books that kids can realte to. This book was about a girl named, Kaitlin Malone. She falls in love with a boy named,Bram. But when she finds out he is a Crutchfield she can never tell him who she really is! Kaitlin can not tell him who she is because of something devastating that happened between the kids fathers.
Together, these two teenagers change their family`s in a way that will never be forgotten. This book was kind of like the story of Romeo and Juliet. There are two family`s with young teenagers that fall in love but are a disgrace to eachother`s families. They are forbidden to see each other but find a way to make it work. I suggest this book to people who loved Romeo and Juliet, and love stories. Some of you guys may even like it.
When you read this book it is like you are actually there and when something bad happens you can relate to it in the most unbelievable ways. She keeps her books down to earth, so they are easy to adjust to. I think teens going through hardship with their parents, telling them who they can go out with and who they can hang out, with should read this book.I think it would give them hope and tell them to keep trying and never give up. This was an excellent book and hope you enjoy it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By monchien4590 on May 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
o my goodness!! this was one of the best books that i have ever read....i read it in less than two days it was so good....i was yelled at three times during school to stop reading and pay attention....i really understood the feelings......(not the murder part) i read the bad reviews and they said that the murder wasn't described and it just went on and on....well maybe you stopped reading it too soon....it describes the murder and it gets better than ever in the end....this is from a true romantic.......i cried!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Leleh on April 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
There is only one word to describe this book... wow. The book is amazing, the plot is terrific. The entire time I was reading it I had a huge headache, but I just couldn't put it down! I don't know what people are talking about in other reviews about not being able to relate to the characters. They are so relatable! It is such a disturbing feeling to have your past dictate your future telling you who to love and who to hate and what to do with your life. The conflicts that Kaitlyn goes through... how to tell and when to tell Bram who she really is, and seeing both sides of the story and the reactions about what happened that fateful night is what makes it so relatable. How many of us have done something that caused a big misunderstanding and resulted in us living with regret for the rest of our lives? But in this book, not only will you read a heartwarming story about two people who's lives are dictated by their past, but you will learn how to follow your dreams and leave regret and whatever else is preventing you from following them behind.

If you cry during this book, don't worry. It just shows that you did actually relate to the characters and connect with them... which is probably going to happen. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emmah Schramke on June 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Scribbler of Dreams can only be described, as a Romeo and Juliet look alike. Kaitlyn hates the Crutchfields, she was born to hate the Crutchfields just as Bram hates the Malone's. She said herself that the hatred her family has nursed for generations was no longer a casual fact in her head. She felt it. She wanted it. It was the one thing she could count on, when she could count on nothing else. So when her life is turned upside down because her father is in jail for killing Robert Crutchfield, Kaitlyn and her sister are transferred from their private school to a public school that is on Crutchfield land. Shy, quiet Kaitlyn's hatred toward the Crutchfields is stronger than ever. Looking to get away from the crowd Kaitlyn eats lunch outside with another boy. Within a week Kaitlyn falls head- over- heels in love with Bram... Bram Crutchfield! Kaitlyn decides to hide her identity from him to give their relationship a chance. Once she finds out that the flip- flops in her stomach and the tingly feeling that she gets when she is around Bram proves to her that their love is real, the question is not when she'll tell him, but if. One lie turns into another and another and as her friend Becky said, "O what a tangled web we weave..." Things start to get complicated and the truth Kaitlyn thought she knew turns out to be completely wrong. Kaitlyn finds out the real reason why the two families rival each other and comes to the conclusion that it was all a misunderstanding that went too far. In the end, Bram finds out who Kaitlyn really is. What is his reaction? Is their love strong enough to perhaps right all the wrongs that have been committed? Read the book and find out the rest.
Mary Pearson's characters are so real, you can feel their pain and their joy.
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