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Criss Cross

by Lynne R Perkins

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | December 13, 2007 | Trade Paperback

Criss Cross is rated 2.5 out of 5 by 4.

She wished something would happen.

Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn''t too late, she thought the wordsoon.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what?

So much can happen in a summer.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.76 in

Published: December 13, 2007

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060092742

ISBN - 13: 9780060092740

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't make sense...At all. I don't even think this book had a plot.Half the time I barely knew what was going on in the story! It was as if the author was just writing her thoughts into one story and tried to make sense of it .The ending,I have to say,was pretty good.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wasn't really what I thought it was going to be. This won the Newberry medal so I have to say I had pretty high expectations. It didn't quite meet them but I did like. It just follows the lives of a handful of teenagers - focusing on Debbie and a couple of neighbours she has known since she was a baby and some of their friends. About seeing someone you might like in a new way and how feelings can just bounce off someone if they aren't ready for you. About ships crossing in the night and first loves and not being loved back. It is a quiet little book.
Date published: 2008-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC I was blown away while reading this fantastic novel. I was hooked probably because of how easy the characters made it to relate and understand. The author put in words some pretty stange feeling that people get in - for example - a first love. I highly recommend this book to anyone ages 12-16.
Date published: 2006-12-27
Rated out of 5 by from Recommended by Parents' Choice Criss Cross is like taking a stroll through a garden in bloom, with tiny winding paths, overhung with shrubbery, that branch off in different directions. Sometimes, when searching for your friend who came with you to the garden, your paths just miss crossing and you remain lost in your own personal garden. Lynne Rae Perkins begins her story, set in the '60s with the Mamas and the Papas and charming radio shows, with teenage Debbie browsing through her older sister's fashion magazine. She makes a wish, hoping that something different happens to her-and soon. Many coming of age books focus on big changes, but Criss Cross is different, perhaps more real. This is a story with nowhere to go, but it is a lovely walk in the garden, with time spent discovering old grade-school friends who gradually become new. Subtle changes overtake the teens featured in this book. How on one day your friend can help you try out a stick shift in a car, while the next he asks you to a movie. It is a leisurely paced coming of age book set in a more innocent time. Danielle Ferland reads this tale in which reality doesn't bite, it softly sings.
Date published: 2006-11-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boy, was I confused. This book definately did not make it even close to my Favorites Shelf I found myself having to think really hard to understand certain sections. When I read a book, I want to understand every bit of it and be able to just keep reading. I didn't like a certain chapter in Perkin's story about finding your Buddha Self .People that aren't Buddhist (like myself) will find their minds completely boggled at this part of Criss Cross I wouldn't recommend this book to anybody unlessunless they want to find themselves pondering for hours on end.
Date published: 2006-01-09

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Criss Cross

by Lynne R Perkins

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.76 in

Published: December 13, 2007

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060092742

ISBN - 13: 9780060092740

About the Book

A New York Times Bestseller
A 2006 Newbery Award WinnerDebbie wished something would happen. Something good. To her. Looking at the bright, fuzzy picture in the magazine, she thought, Something like that. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.

From the Publisher

She wished something would happen.

Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn''t too late, she thought the wordsoon.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what?

So much can happen in a summer.

About the Author

Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal forCriss Cross. She is the author of two other novels-All Alone in the Universe, a companion toCriss Cross, andAs Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, includingThe Broken Cat,Snow Music,Pictures from Our Vacation, andThe Cardboard Piano. The author, who loves peanut butter, lives with her family in northern Michigan, land of forests and squirrels.

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12