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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning [Kindle Edition]

Danette Haworth
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Violet Raines is happy with things just the way they are in her sleepy Florida town, but when Melissa moves to town from big-city Detroit, all of a sudden things seem like they're changing whether Violet likes it or not. It'll take a few run-ins with lightning and a whole lot of courage for her to realize that growing up doesn't have to mean changing who you are. Readers will be struck by this moving coming-of-age story. Danette Haworth held a number of writing jobs before turning to fiction, including positions as a technical writer and a travel writer. Growing up in a military family, Danette lived up and down the East Coast and in Turkey and England; she now calls Orlando, FL, her home. Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning is her first novel.


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Grade 4–7—Eleven-year-old Violet Raines is no "shrinking violet," especially when it comes to girlie girl Melissa Gold, whose family has just moved to her small Florida town in the 1970s. Violet's best friend, Lottie, is fascinated by Melissa and her talk of life in Detroit, "the murder capital of the United States." Violet, however, thinks Melissa is a "priss" and proves it by showing her the fish-head bucket at the Sunday fish fry (Melissa runs away to vomit). After Lottie's house is struck by lightning, she and her sisters stay at Melissa's big house, much to Violet's chagrin. While Melissa and Lottie talk movie stars, makeup, and bras, Violet still enjoys squeezing into the tree cave, exploring outdoors, and hanging out with her childhood buddy Eddie. Haworth takes on coming-of-age dilemmas with spunk, innocence, and a cast of believable, well-developed characters, describing the challenges kids face when one friend matures faster than another, the two-against-one pitting of girl trios, and budding romance. Violet passes through the last doors of childhood and into the uncertain entryway of junior high with acute sensitivity while maintaining her authentic sense of self and the surprising, satisfying support of her friends. An enjoyable read with plenty of discussible points about relationships.—D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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A coming-of-age tale that is as full of sass as its uniquely named protagonist. At 11, Violet is caught betwixt and between childhood and adolescence. She remains very much a child, reveling in hollowed-out tree trunks and playing Barbies with her best friend's little sister. However, just like the ominous atmospheric changes occurring prior to turbulent weather, Violet's growing awareness of a developmental shift among her peers leaves her unsettled and unsure. Caught in this transformation is Violet's relationship with Lottie, which is complicated by the upheaval caused by newcomer Melissa, who has one foot firmly planted in adolescence. Rumblings of romantic changes in her friendship with Eddie also add to Violet's confusion. Haworth deftly explores Violet's ambivalence toward growing up with an authenticity that will resonate with readers, who will appreciate her competent management of such crucial tween issues as best friends, fidelity and impending maturity. Violet is a worthy ally for readers navigating their own stormy evolution. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Kirkus Reviews

Gr 4-7 Eleven-year-old Violet Raines is no "shrinking violet," especially when it comes to girlie girl Melissa Gold, whose family has just moved to her small Florida town in the 1970s. Violet's best friend, Lottie, is fascinated by Melissa and her talk of life in Detroit, "the murder capital of the United States." Violet, however, thinks Melissa is a "priss" and proves it by showing her the fish-head bucket at the Sunday fish fry (Melissa runs away to vomit). After Lottie's house is struck by lightning, she and her sisters stay at Melissa's big house, much to Violet's chagrin. While Melissa and Lottie talk movie stars, makeup, and bras, Violet still enjoys squeezing into the tree cave, exploring outdoors, and hanging out with her childhood buddy Eddie. Haworth takes on coming-of-age dilemmas with spunk, innocence, and a cast of believable, well-developed characters, describing the challenges kids face when one friend matures faster than another, the two-against-one pitting of girl trios, and budding romance. Violet passes through the last doors of childhood and into the uncertain entryway of junior high with acute sensitivity while maintaining her authentic sense of self and the surprising, satisfying support of her friends. An enjoyable read with plenty of discussible points about relationships. School Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802720722
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (September 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2BMU
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love Violet's unique voice! August 19, 2008
Format:Hardcover
In many ways, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning is a coming-of-age story, but here's the thing... Violet Raines is coming of age on her own terms and in her own sweet time.

Danette Haworth's debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren't in a hurry to grow up, girls who are still more interested in mud pies than makeup. Violet faces her share of issues -- a long time boy friend whose really nice eyes she's suddenly noticing, a new girl who just moved to town from the city, and a best friend who thinks that glamorous lifestyle is pretty interesting. It throws Violet for a loop, and when her friend's family faces financial troubles, Violet has to decide what's really important through all those crazy changes.

There are so many things to praise about this novel -- the lively, quirky characters, Violet's fabulous voice, the Florida-in-summer setting, painted so perfectly I kept swatting imaginary mosquitoes while I read.

I loved this book. Really loved it, the way I love fireflies and lake swimming and ice cream cones in summer. Any kid you know who loves that sort of thing is going to love it, too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mother and daughter approve October 5, 2008
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My daughter read this book for a report in school, and we read too so we could help out (if needed). All loved it. The character interactions rang true and it was pretty funny.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Strong, Spunky, Inspiring Character December 23, 2011
Format:Hardcover
In her small Florida town, Violet Raines is happy with the status quo. She's 11 and getting ready to start junior high in the fall with her best friend Lottie. But a new girl has just moved to town, threatening to disrupt everything Violet holds so dear. Melissa is from Detroit, a big city, and brings with her a love for fashion, make-up, movie stars, and gossip. Lottie is anxious to make Melissa her friend, and Violet can't stand the idea that a city girl could come between them. She does everything she can to sabotage Melissa, but it just makes Lottie angry. But when there's a tragedy in the neighborhood, and Violet fears it might be her fault, she knows she has to pull it together and maybe even grow up a little to make sure her friendship with Lottie can survive. Haworth's debut novel is a sweet look at southern tradition, at the different ways we deal with change, and at one girl's fight to stay true to herself through the pressure of adolescence. Violet Raines is a strong, spunky, inspiring character, and I hope this isn't the last that we see of her or her friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 2, 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
OMG!! This is the best book I have ever read. If I could I would rate it over 5 stars. It was funny, shocking and a little dramatic. My favorite character is Violet. She is very southern like me!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lindsey's book review May 6, 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Hardcover
Violet Raines is a girl of many adventures. Violet and her friends aren't who you would call popular, but they don't care at all. Violet lives on the same street as her best friends, Lottie and Eddie. They love to go on adventures to a cave- like tree or to the stream to see if they can see the alligator. One day when a family with a girl Violets age, Melissa, moves onto their street Violet finds her self without her best friend Lottey because Melissa took her over. Violet has no desire to be with Melissa, and Melissa feels the same about Violet. Lottie tries to be with both of them but finds herself stuck in the middle and doesn't know what to do. Lottie's house gets struck by lightning and is not safe to live in. Violet now finds out that Lottie is living with Melissa and might have to move because the damage of her house is so bad. Violet can't help but be angry with everybody about everything because Melissa has ruined her awesome life that she used to have. Will Violet just forget about Lottie or will she and Melissa get to know each other better and be good friends after all?
This book was written very well; it had so many great details and many interesting adventures. At the beginning, this book was a little bit slow, but once it really got good I couldn't put it down, and I bet many people wouldn't be able to put it down either. This book was a very quick but fascinating read. Even though this book only took me three days to read and is probably at 4th grade level it was very enjoyable. I would read another book from this author and I really recommend this great story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Violet! November 2, 2008
Format:Hardcover
Spunky Violet Raines isn't afraid of nothing. She loves living in her small town of Mitchell Hammock where she's BFF with Lottie. But then that all changes when a new girl comes to town. Melissa's into this one soap opera, wearing makeup, and talking about boys. Even worse, she seems to be making a move on Lottie. Violet doesn't back down. Then Melissa makes comments about Eddie, another friend of Violet's.

It takes a run-in with lightning for Violet to find out that maybe she doesn't have to change who she is in order to grow up.

I really loved Violet! Her voice is authentic and you can't help but cheer her on especially when Melissa comes to town. The descriptions of the sleepy town of Mitchell Hammock are vivid. Who wouldn't want to live there? I also loved how Haworth shows the friendship between Violet, Lottie, and Eddie and how sometimes things do change when you grow up. But not always for the worse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars We want more Violet!
A group of my fourth (4th) grade girls read this book for independent reading. They enjoyed it and wished there was a sequel. Read more
Published 14 days ago by robin simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great book I love it Great righting amazing book Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning is one of my favorite books
Published 2 months ago by Kimberly Benson
4.0 out of 5 stars Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lighting
Even though this was recommended for Grades 4 through 7, I am 65 and enjoyed it thoroughly--it is actually a timeless story about maturing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Hope - California
4.0 out of 5 stars new girl drama
Violet is comfortable in her small town with her set of friends. Then the new girl, Melissa, walks into the picture. Melissa is from Detroit and represents coolness and wealth. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Medeia Sharif
3.0 out of 5 stars Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightening
Yet another "coming of age" story of angst and self discovery ultimately ending in self growth. At times humorous it consistently entertains.
Published 11 months ago by janequinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It was a great book. I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed cuddling up in bed reading it. Great book.
Published 12 months ago by Jen Laurienzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I think this is a very good book for kids still in elementary school. I am ten years old and I think this book is such a good book for kids my age.
Published 12 months ago by Dionne Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tween book
I downloaded this for my 11yo and am sure she will enjoy making friends with Violet. She is very human and I think most people will be able to identify with one or all of the girls... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alisan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
It is a great book, especially if you are having trouble with your friends at your home. But it's a great book and you should read it.
Published 13 months ago by TheresaS
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book
I love this book I've already read it twice. I think that people can relate to this book. It is about a courageous, carefree, and loving girl named Violet Raines. Read more
Published 15 months ago by emma minkler
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I hate tomatoes. The year 2005 was supposed to be the year I Ate A Tomato, but I Did Not Do It. I don't like mushrooms either, but if they are chopped up small enough, I can ignore them.

Pink and purple are my favorite colors, but sometimes I like green.

I am a good skater, and fast too. In fact, I used to have my own custom skates with racing wheels--that's how fast I skate. When I thought I was a grown-up, I gave my skates away. That was a mistake. I could still use them.

Growing up in an Air Force family, I have lived in a lot of places, and I can tell you that the best place to be is in the woods or on the mountains. It is even better if your best friend is with you and you build a fort. My best friend and I built a pretty good fort once, but my sister and her best friend built a better one. It doesn't even bother me to say that.

At six-years-old, I published my own comic book series starring Peter Pan. He jumped into adventure, narrowly missing capture and certain death by his arch enemy, Captain Hook. Most pages featured a green stick figure sword-fighting with a red stick figure. Still, it was pretty good for a six-year-old.

I wrote a lot of stories in junior high, high school, and college, and my teachers seemed to like them. I liked it when they read my stories out loud and my classmates laughed in all the right places. There is nothing like that feeling.

If I wasn't a writer, I'd own a diner and call it Netti's. It would be small--you'd probably pass it if you drove by too fast--but my regulars would be loyal. "Try the sweet potato loaf," they'd tell each other. "It is to die for!"

If you want, you can call me Danette. Here's how you say it: d'NET or DihNET. Some people confuse this with "dinette," which is actually a table. (You can tell the difference because I do not have four legs and I am not a table.) If you forget, don't worry. People have called me Jeanette, Janet, Denise, Danita, Danielle, and Darnet. So even if you say it wrong, I will still turn around and smile and say "Hi," especially if you are holding a donut.

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