The Boy on Cinnamon Street

The Boy on Cinnamon Street

 
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The Boy on Cinnamon Street
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Release Date
February 01, 2012
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978-0545215121
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A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won't give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school's gymnastics team - but she isn't. She's fun and cute and should have lots of friends - but she doesn't. And there's a dreamy boy who has a crush on her - but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her - so what is it that's holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she's hiding from - and finally get the boy.

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Coping and surviving

Louise is living with her free spirited grandparents, but she’s not happy. She would rather be in her house on Cinnamon Street with her mother, but her mother has passed away, and her father is living in the city with a new family. She has given up on gymnastics, at which she was a star, and most of her old friends. When she gets a note from a secret admirer, she starts to connect more with some new friends, including Benny, whom she thinks is writing the notes, and Henderson, who is just a good, supportive friend. Joined by Reni, whose family is very supportive of Louise (who decides early on to call herself Thumbelina, since she is very small and no longer feels like Louise), she makes plans for the school dance, tries to figure out which boy likes her, and tries to come to terms with the awful incident in the past that changed her life.

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This is a quick, enjoyable middle school read by the author of The Romeo and Juliet Code.
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