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Shooting Stars Everywhere

Martina Wildner

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ISBN 10: 0385732503 / ISBN 13: 9780385732505
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 2006
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: Shooting Stars Everywhere

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Translation.

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The first anonymous letter arrives on July 23rd, Victor’s 13th birthday. Which is good, because it gives him something to write about in the journal his father gave him as a present. Soon Victor is writing down everything that happens as he tries to solve the mystery of the letters, conquer his fear of jumping off the high diving board at the pool, and figure out what is going on between his divorced parents.
Things change when he meets D, however. A good diver and an assertive detective, she helps Victor to stop writing his life and start living it.

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Grade 5-8–Victor Forlands, 13, is spending a boring summer hanging out in the Berlin apartment he shares with his taxi-driver dad and going to the city pool. Local bullies and his own fear of jumping off the high diving platform are making him miserable. His mother, who has left the family to pursue a career, confuses him as she comes and goes in his life. When mysterious, unaddressed, unsigned messages turn up in his and his neighbors mail and he meets a pretty girl who calls herself Deborah, things start to get interesting, and Victor decides to record his observances in a journal he received for his birthday. The death of his neighbors red cocker spaniel seems to be connected to words in the first sinister message: the red animal is dead. When details of Deborahs troubled life come to light, it becomes clear that she is the author of the strange notes. She inspires Victor to stand up to the pool bullies and take the dive, and he arranges for a better living situation for her. The story is engrossing, if somewhat convoluted, and the characters are quirky. Victors interest in the stars and in numbers, as well as the diary format, provide an appealing structure, but the writing (or translation) is sometimes choppy, and readers will be disappointed that the messages, which appear to be clues and promise a mystery, are nothing more than a plea for attention.–Marie Orlando, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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