Where Are You When I Need You? (Viking)

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9780670817023: Where Are You When I Need You? (Viking)

When Missy Card wins a college scholarship, she has a hard time deciding whether or not to leave the security of her small hometown

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Grade 7-12-- Missy Cord, a high school senior, is determined to leave the small North Carolina town in which she has spent her entire life, and go to college. She has worked hard to get the grades, take the tests, and do everything necessary to get a scholarship. Unfortunately, her grandmother and her Uncle Tate do not approve of her going. The family history that explains this resistance soon expands into Missy's wider dilemmas surrounding growing up, becoming independent, being female, and making choices. Newton is an accomplished writer, and this first-person narrative is a skillful journey of a teenager turning into a woman, discovering love, and becoming aware of the way in which romance can affect the way many people make decisions. She offers an effective portrayal of a young woman who must manage her life while still discovering her world and the people in it. It is a quiet, yet exciting and involving, story that shows the everyday continous choices and emotions that make up young adults' lives and change the way they see themselves and the world. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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During her senior year, gifted student Missy Cord begins to have second thoughts about leaving her home in Tucker, N.C., to attend college. Although her mother and teachers agree that it is important that Missy continue her education, straightlaced Gramma and staunchly religious Uncle Tate are opposed to the idea. Missy's own doubts increase as she becomes romantically involved with longtime friend Jim, whose aspirations go no further than passing the 12th grade and working on his father's fishing boat. The traditions and old-fashioned values permeating Missy's small, conservative town add a nostalgic flavor to this contemporary novel. Minor characters prove to be more colorful than the protagonist, whose abilities as an outstanding student are never thoroughly demonstrated. Although the plot offers few surprises, Newton ( I Will Call It Georgie's Blues ; M.V. Sexton Speaking ) does provide a refreshing change from problem novels that deal with more dramatic issues. From the onset, readers are assured that Missy will overcome her conflicts and make sensible choices about her future. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Suzanne Newton
Published by Viking Juvenile (1991)
ISBN 10: 0670817023 ISBN 13: 9780670817023
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