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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by [Haworth, Danette]
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Length: 186 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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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"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." -"Kirkus Reviews"

From Kirkus Reviews

"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."

From School Library Journal"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."

From Kirkus Reviews

"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 toturbulent 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."


Product Details

  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (September 5, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043D2BMU
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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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This was a great adventure told from the POV of a bully. I loved Violet's voice. She had a great way of seeing the world and some of the stuff she did was very ill-conceived on her part but the reader has a great time watching her let her jealousy get the best of her. This book will definitely resonate with middle grade readers as the topic of friendship and acceptance is especially grappled with at that time of life. Who has not felt apprehension when an old friend is taken over by a new one? The road to redemption for Violet might have been a little facile and not foreshadowed enough (for this reader) to not seem pulled out of practically nowhere. But, whatever. It was a good story with a great voice and I will definitely be recommending it to the kids in my life as well as other writers.
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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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What a distinctive voice for Violet. I loved every bit of her dialogue. And Violet faces a very real problem - a new girl in the mix and the threat of losing your best friend to her. I had this happen to me twice--same girl was the friend-thief--when I was a kid. I was glad to see it written in a story for this age group and that the resolution came about because of something the third wheel (aka Violet) did.
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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. Violet feels the need to compete with and annoy Melissa. In the process, she may be hurting her friends. Violet has a lot of growing to do, realizing what's important and that changes are bound to happen with herself and the people in her life. I enjoyed Violet, Lottie, Eddie, and the other characters. This is a fast MG read that's light, but with meaningful messages.
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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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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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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. At any age, there are lessons to learn to move to our next level of evolution, and the young girls in this story both learned a lot from their different backgrounds and their differences as human beings and grew substantially in the process. I recommend it for any age.
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