- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: Laurel Leaf (March 28, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375801928
- ISBN-13: 978-0375801921
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,164,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
"In these 12 well-honed stories, Johnson zeroes in on the idealism and resiliency that make young people a powerful force in the world," wrote PW. "Her flavorful language will draw readers immediately into these brief, emotion-packed dramas." Ages 12-up.
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"In these 12 well-honed stories told in first-person narrative, Johnson zeroes in on the idealism and resiliency that make young people a powerful force in the world. Despite their rough circumstances, these characters have a keen and refreshing sense of justice that helps them recognize--and perform--compassionate acts. . . . Johnson's flavorful language will draw readers immediately into the brief, emotion-packed dramas. And after entering the often harsh and humbling worlds Johnson describes, readers will agree with the narrator of 'By the Time You Read This': 'Some people come into your life and do nothing but make it better. They help you see what you may become. They foster growth and health in all things.'"--Publishers Weekly, Starred
"A beautiful collection . . . peopled with characters . . . whom teens will recognize and relate to. This book would make a fine addition to any short-story collection."--School Library Journal, Starred
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This book's main characters are " Sweetness " , a girl in the book that is the main character , and a boy and also her mentor Walter. Her and Walter meet in school one day in the lunchroom of their school. Walter was eating his lunch all by himself , like he always does , while Sweetness approached him. They were a little scared of eachother at first but then they became best of friends.
Walter had a rough childhood which included his mother and father excluding him from them in a way that it really brought him down. His brother died at a young age in a drive-by shooting while Walter was at a young age also. He is emotionally scared from his death but over time he has become a better person because of it. He now spends his time continuing school while he is a underground artist on the side. The pictures that he draws are different than others artists work-he draws pictures of barns. Whenever he sees a barn that is obscure to him , he draws it. He had a reputation of drawing alot in his early years of school. He would draw pictures on the walls of the school in alot of places that he went. Because of this he obviously got in trouble. This is what attracted Sweetness to Walter. She knew that he was different than everone else so she made an effort to become friends with him. Throughout there years of friendship , Sweetness would meet Walter at the neighborhood park in which he would pick her up in his truck and they would go to a secluded area so they could spend time together and have picnics. Overtime , Sweetness and Walter friendship transformed into a relationship.
If I were to rate this book , I would probably rate it a 2. Why would I rate this book a 2? Because it is a very complicated book to understand and it never really hes a rising action. It never really stuck to one plot , it was always jumping all over the place which is very confusing. Because of this it was a very boring book and I would not recommend this book to anyone.