Poetry is everywhere, as Wolff (The Mozart Season) proves by fashioning her novel with meltingly lyric blank verse in the voice of an inner-city year-old. Here is a mature story of a poor adolescent girl’s concern for a peer whose life challenges are more taxing than her own. National Book Award winner Virginia Euwer Wolff completes her award-winning Make Lemonade hn has struggled to get out of the projects and.

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That was when Jolly did everything she could to save her baby, Jillie.

It was hard for her because she had to babysit 2 little kids and keep up with her study’s. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

That moment that Jolly saved Jilly’s life–let’s talk about moments like that. Jolly’s school program notes Jolly’s problems with time management, however, and LaVaughn returns to babysit for Jolly again for an hour every day, like before.

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Quote me on that and I will swear an oath on a stack of Bibles that you’re lying. With two kids hanging in the balance, they need to make the best out of life — wuwer they can only do it for themselves and each other. Lavaughn is trying to shoe Jolly that she needs to get back in school so she can support her kids now and in the future.

Views Read Edit View history. It didn’t matter that LaVaughn was fourteen, only three years younger than Jolly. This was a very powerful book for me.


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The book is beautiful to read with a poetic style that defies lemojade and expectations, and tells a provoking story that challenges the reader’s assumptions about poverty, teen pregnancy, and life choices.

English Choose a language for shopping. Enter year-old LaVaughn, as street naOve as she is book smart. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. There are now 3 books in the “Make Lemonade” trilogy. This book is about how a mom Jolly who’s seventeen and has two kids, is helped by thirteen-year-old LaVaughn, and she turns out to be one of the most important assets in Jolly’s life.

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Kind heartedly, LaVaughn attempts to set Jolly on the path leading to a future, while struggling to learn the difference between a helping hand, a hand out and the trickiness of being pulled under. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Feb 20, Cyndi rated it it was amazing. This book kind of tells you about the things that Jolly went through, but it’s mostly talking about lemonzde life-changing events that went on in Jolly’s household. Jolly is a teenage mother of two, who lives in a dumpy and filthy apartment and works afternoons at the nearest factory. Virginia Euwer Wolff is an accomplished violinist and former elementary school and high school English teacher.

Open Preview See a Problem? LaVaughn and Jeremy explain to LaVaughn’s mom what happened, and she begrudgingly praises Jolly for the first time. Bought Make Lemonwde for my granddaughter’s summer reading, and thought I’d sneak a peek myself.

It is rich in character development, spot on in the harsh reality of the consequences of teen aged pregnancy when there is little or no support base, poetic in words and heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time! It’s written in the style of urban poetry. She did CPR and mouth-to-mouth all the way untill the ambulance came. It’s a novel told in a free verse style, and I wondered if that would bother me.


When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. It is the first time i’ve read of such a style. This book may not have the eolff smell of peaches and cream, but its tangy and homely scent is sure to attract readers as bees are to honey.

It’s also about self-empowerment and sifting through what is right and wrong even when other people chose pity or disgust instead of lemondae, instead of trying to see the answers to the problems. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. LaVaughn discovers what it is like to be selfless as well as smart as she helps Jolly to turn her life around, and in the end, find herself.

Her father died when she was five years old and she admits her childhood was pretty messed up, but she held things together with her violin. This book’s style was fresh when published inand YA free verse writing was quickly published from other writers, evidenced by Karen Hesse winning the Newbery four years later with “Out lejonade the Dust.