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Lizzie! Hardcover – April 29, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Lizzie Peterlinz is not your typical tween. After slipping off a diving board two years earlier, Lizzie is paralyzed below the waist, but she doesn't let it stop her. Still adjusting to her recent move to Florida, she makes some unlikely friends: Josh, another kid in a wheelchair; Digger, a former police chief; and Digger's wife, Teresa. When her old friend, Tippy, comes to visit, the two girls go to the petting zoo. There they discover a shack full of screeching tamarin monkeys and a mysterious boy named Julio, whose uncle is illegally keeping the animals. In an attempt to bring the man to justice, the two girls investigate with the help of Digger, but the thief disappears with the monkeys. Will the trio be able to solve the case before it's too late? The pacing for this book is a little slow, but the story is unique. The information provided about the monkeys is presented naturally by the characters and is integrated nicely into the narrative. The sprinkling of Spanish words creates an engaging, informative text that enriches the storytelling. Although the climax feels a little rushed, readers will enjoy how the author turns the main character's dark moment into something positive. A nice selection for readers who like realistic fiction, animals, and mysteries.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
"Lizzie Peterlinz might just pull her wheelchair up to the table and take her place alongside Anne Shirley and Pippi Longstocking. She’s smart. She’s sassy. She’s curious. She’s courageous. And she loves Latin and words of all kinds. Told by one of the great American poets, Lizzie! is a flat-out wonderful read. I couldn’t put it down."—artist and illustrator Barry Moser
"Smart, spunky, and delightfully quirky, Lizzie is an unforgettable heroine. She contemplates the mystery of words and analyzes their origins, intuits the hidden natures—good or bad—of the people around her, solves a crime in her neighborhood, and tells us her story in a wonderfully forthright voice. Maxine Kumin’s portrayal of Lizzie’s life after a diving accident is at once unflinching and hopeful. Some things Lizzie lost will never come back, but her indomitable spirit will always keep her connected to the forces that nurture and protect the world. Lizzie! is a tough-minded and kind-hearted tale of adventure with a memorable cast of supporting characters.”—Kyoko Mori, author of Shizuko's Daughter
"I love Lizzie—the novel and the delightful, spirited girl at the heart of it. Like the sublime Maxine Kumin, she rivets the reader with her passion for language, adventure, and the natural world."
—Hilma Wolitzer, author of Introducing Shirley Braverman and Out of Love
“As a blind author and lover of literature, I have always wanted to read a story about a hero or heroine with a disability whose disability isn't central to the plot. Lizzie! is a wonderful read about just such a character. She happens to use a wheelchair, but the adventures in her life, and the places she finds herself have nothing to do with her disability, and she goes through life just like any other middle schooler. Any young reader who picks up this book will be educated and entertained, while also getting pulled into the unexpected twists and turns of Lizzie's first year in Miami Florida.”—Laurie Rubin, author of Do You Dream in Color?
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I really like the depth of Lizzie's thoughts and how well the author spelled them out. There are very few bad words; there is a lot of swearing as in "I cross my heart and hope to die" or "I swear that I mean it." A man is also murdered in the story and Lizzie helps discover who slit his throat.
I think I would want a different cover on the book. Something to attract readers. Something bright and kiddish, not so adultish. I also wish the page numbers were not in red, as I use them a lot and am used to looking for black numbers.
It's a great story. Personally, I wish the murder wasn't there, but otherwise it's good.