One To Grow On by Jean LittleOne To Grow On by Jean Little

One To Grow On

byJean Little

Paperback | September 30, 2008

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Janie Chisholm doesn’t really mean to tell lies. It’s just that sometimes her stories get out of control and it gets her into trouble. No one in her family takes her seriously, and she’s not very well liked at school. So Janie is thrilled when her grandmother offers to take her to the cottage in the summer. Just when she thinks she’s gotten away from everything, Lisa, a girl Janie knows from home, has been invited to stay over and could ruin everything. Can she and Lisa become real friends?
Beloved and award-winning author Jean Little has garnered numerous accolades for her work. Born in Taiwan to Canadian doctors who were serving as missionaries, she was legally blind from birth. Little obtained a B.A. in English Language & Literature from the University of Toronto. She went on to write 44 more works, including novels, p...
Title:One To Grow OnFormat:PaperbackDimensions:136 pages, 7.95 × 5.51 × 0.38 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143312340

ISBN - 13:9780143312345

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a tangled web we weave... This small novelette is a sweet story, yet it lacks the depth I admire in Jean Little's Spring Begins in March . The main character is a girl named Janie, who cannot help but exaggerate at times, stretching the truth and creating tales. The members of her family learn not to trust her. The plot thickens when Janie meets Lisa Daniels, who is pretty and popular, but not much of a friend. Although Janie often tells lies, the lies Lisa tells are of a different nature. Lisa's lies hurt, as she deceives her friends. Then, Pam comes onto the scene, a chubby girl with a mournful past. Pam has lost both her parents, and has a history of mundane summers - until Janie's bubbly godmother, Tilly, cooks up a plan. I liked the allusion to Canadian history, with the song, Land of the Silver Birch . The description of Janie's island was beautiful. The book reminded me of the beauty of nature, and the depth of Canada's story. However, there were a couple of flaws in the book that stuck out whilst I was reading. For example, both the climax and resolution occurs in the very last chapter of the book. I would have prefered the two things to be spread out a bit. Secondly, the emotional outburst of Tilly seems a bit out of place. I thought it was odd of her to explode like a child. This small novel is a treasure. I would give it a 3.8 if the drop menu would let me. The allusions to the Silver Birch and Gilead make Jean Little's words truly sparkle, however, I wished the book had deeper substance in terms of plot and characterization. An excellent read for children and young teens.
Date published: 2005-08-31