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Zigzag

by Ellen Wittlinger

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | August 1, 2003 | Hardcover

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Robin can''t believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It''s their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won''t even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that''s ever happened to her.
Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father''s death they''ve become even more problematic than before.
Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 1, 2003

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689849966

ISBN - 13: 9780689849961

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Zigzag

Zigzag

by Ellen Wittlinger

Format: Hardcover

Published: August 1, 2003

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689849966

ISBN - 13: 9780689849961

About the Book

Over the course of what becomes an eye-opening cross-country road trip, small-town-girl Robin discovers inner strengths and resources she never imagined she had.

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Chapter One The party was to celebrate my boyfriend Chris''s high school graduation, no occasion for rejoicing as far as I was concerned. As usual, the Melvilles had gone overboard for their one and only son, putting up a big white tent in their overly landscaped backyard and having the food catered by Biscuit, the hot new restaurant in Iowa City. I''d already been forced to talk to the high school principal, two Spanish teachers, and Chris''s next-door neighbors; my smile was sagging like Custer''s mustache. All anybody could come up with to say to me was, "Just think, Robin, next year you''ll be graduating!" Whoopee. Sure couldn''t wait for my big fabulous future to start. I found Chris scarfing down shrimp at the buffet table. "Having fun?" he asked between mouthfuls. "Fun might be too much to aim for," I said, hooking my thumb in the armhole of my dress to try and stretch it a little. It really was too tight this year. "You think we can leave soon?" "I don''t know." He grimaced. "It''s my party. I can''t just..." "I know, but it''s been going on all afternoon already. I thought we could...you know...have our own celebration." I tried to look innocent and loving, rather than the way I actually felt -- bored and bummed. Chris slipped an arm around my waist and kissed my hair just above my ear. "I can''t wait," he said. "You know, you look gorgeous in that dress." I gave him a skeptical look. "This dress is a hundred years old." "It is not, and anyway, I like it on you. Don'
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Robin can''t believe it when her boyfriend, Chris, tells her that his parents have enrolled him in a summer program in Rome. It''s their last summer together before he goes away to college, and now they won''t even have that time together. It feels like the worst thing that''s ever happened to her.
Since Chris is leaving, Robin agrees to join her aunt and cousins on a cross-country road trip, in spite of her reservations -- she and her younger cousins have never really gotten along, and since their father''s death they''ve become even more problematic than before.
Soon the four of them are zigzagging through the West on an eye-opening journey. They explore parts of the country Robin never dreamed existed -- and she discovers inner resources she never imagined she had.

About the Author

Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels The Long Night of Leo and Bree, Razzle, What''s in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book and a Lambda Literary Award winner), and the middle-grade novel Gracie''s Girl. She has a bachelor''s degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa. A former children''s librarian, she lives with her husband in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Visit her Web site at www.ellenwittlinger.com.

Ellen Wittlinger writes: "I began with the idea of having a teenager travel cross country. I knew Robin would be mourning the immediate loss of her longtime boyfriend, but I stumbled on the idea of having her deal with her difficult, truly mourning cousins. The idea of the ''journey'' novel during which the actual traveling echoes an inward journey is not new, but it''s effective, I think, because it''s so often true. Traveling takes you out of your usual routine and allows you to see other options for your life."

Editorial Reviews

"A moving, realistic exploration of first love, class issues, girls'' self-confidence, and the process of healing."

-- Booklist

Appropriate for ages: 12

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