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Stranger Among Friends Paperback – June 2, 1997
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in support of the Clinton campaign. Intertwined in the political activism is Mixner's account of his own homophobia and his difficult times in coming to terms with his sexual orientation. A long time friend of Clinton, Mixner belived he would keep his promise to overturn the ban on gays in the military. The rest is history, including their former
rather close relationship.
Ribbons is about a Chinese ballerina, Robin, whose family is poor. Her family is poor because Robin's mother paid for her two brothers to come to America and go through college. Now Robin's mother feels like she has to pay for Robin's grandmother to come to the United States by herself. Robin's family doesn't have enough money to pay for her grandmother and her ballet lessons, so they make her quit ballet lessons. When her grandmother arrives in the United States she comes to live with Robin and her family. The problem is that her grandmother favors her little annoying brother and acts like she hates Robin.
The book was good because Robin had family and friends and you could tell they were doing everything they could do to help her through the hard time she was going through. I thought it was neat that she kept on doing ballet even though she had a problem with her feet. She loved ballet and couldn't give it up. I'd probably give this book about four and a half stars if I were to rate it.
Characters: robin paw paw Ian
Robin is a wonderful dancer and she isn't afraid to show it. Her dance instructor shows the whole class what they should dance like using robin as an example. Robin has just been moved up to the senior class where they where the point shoes with the ribbons that swirl around their ankles. She is so excited she can't imagine what life would be like without dance until she has to. She has found out that her parents have gone bankrupt so she can't pay for dance. When her grandmother came over, it got worse. Her grand mother told her she couldn't practice dance, because of what it did to her feet. Robin thinks all is lost until she finds out her grandmothers secret!
I think this book is funny and exciting. This book could be recommended to everybody, but mostly for dancers because they would know what it would be like to have dance taken away. I give this book 5/5 stars because I think that it was very exciting.
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good interesting collection
but very old
contemporary poetry should be included in such collections
overall is good book for literature lovers
David and his historical recollections are a treasure. "Stranger" brings to life an era of activism that defined the 60s and 70s: messy, painful, exciting and necessary. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by R. Miranda
A very good book, with a good story. And very a very realistic story at that! Laurence Yep writes wonderful books and I can't wait to buy more.Published on July 14, 2013 by Arcee Medicbot
Growing up different was very difficult for me. Seeing how David Mixner managed to be on the natinal political scene was interesting. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by WhoSays
I'll admit it, I cried when I read this book. I have a sister who dances and this book reminded me of her excitement when she moved up to using toe shoes--as well as the pain that... Read morePublished on March 28, 2006 by Chamari
I just have to say that I find it amusing that the professional reviewers of this book (cited on Amazon) find this book cliche, mediocre or not up to Laurence Yep's normal level. Read morePublished on November 11, 2005 by M C