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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 6
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720726
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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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Review

Danette Haworth creates characters so real they stand out on the page... This is a lovely debut. Audrey Couloumbis, Newbery Honor-winning author of Getting Near to Baby Danette Haworth has written a wonderful story that is as warm and bright as the Florida sun, and 11-year-old Violet Raines-loyal, hilarious, and true-is the best friend any girl could have. Lauren Tarshis, author Emma-Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree Violet's voice grabbed me from the very first page... The writing is gentle and true and reminiscent of Kimberly Willis Holt & Kate DiCamillo. Emily D. Pardo, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL A coming-of-age tale that is as full of sass as its uniquely named protagonist. Kirkus Reviews Haworth takes on coming-of-age dilemmas with spunk, innocence, and a cast of believable, well-developed characters School Library Journal

More About the Author

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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I couldn't put this book down and read it in two days!
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She is very human and I think most people will be able to identify with one or all of the girls in this triangle that can occur at any time of life.
David
The character interactions rang true and it was pretty funny.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. K. Messner on 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 By John Kauffman on October 5, 2008
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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 By Kim Baccellia, "YA Books Central reviewer" on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Kristin Anderson on December 23, 2011
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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 A Kid's Review on June 2, 2009
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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 A Kid's Review on May 6, 2009
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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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