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Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short.
Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries:
The V.O.E. is all about precision.
Merilee does not have time for Biswick O’Connor.
Merilee does not have time for Miss Veraleen Holliday.
He with his annoying factoids and runny nose. She with her shining white shoes as big as sailboats. Both of them strangers who, like the hot desert wind that brings only bad news, blow into town and change everything.
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p> Suzanne Crowley was born in Uvalde, Texas, and spent her childhood in Austin and Houston. She now lives with her family in Southlake, Texas. This is her first novel.Review:
. . . The biggest miracle of all is the one Crowley handles with the greatest skill: the change that occurs in Merilee as she ventures at last beyond her very ordered existence. -- Publisher's Weekly
. . . heartstirring . . . this book is marvelous . . . offer this gem to young teens who enjoyed Cynthia Lord's Rules and Sarah Adams Kocha's The Boy Who Ate Stars. -- starred review in VOYA
An amazing book . . . It's a lengthy story but so many scenes are heart-stopping it doesn't seem to be long. I predict this book will be treated seriously as one of the finest works in children's literature published this year. -- starred review in KLIATT
Crowley makes an impressive debut with a story that captures the human condition . . . Her strength lies in the way she kneads scenes and characters, giving them a fullness that moves beyond mere reality . . . a beautifully crafted story. -- Booklist
Crowley's debut is a slow cooked homage to small town ecentricity and ritual . . . Crowley's pleasantly smooth prose creates an overall tenderness. -- Kirkus
Purely felt, beautifully worded . . . Crowley is a wonderful storyteller, both in her conversational style and in crafting characters that you can't shake from your thoughts - and don't want to. -- Rocky Mountain News (Pick of the Week)
Rich writing and multilayered plot and characters are the highlights of this special book. -- Starred Review School Library Journal
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Book Description HarperCollins, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0061231975
Book Description HarperCollins, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0061231975