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Criss Cross [Hardcover]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2005
Publisher   Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN  0060092726  
EAN  9780060092726  
UPC  046594015990  

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Item Description...
Teenagers in a small town in the 1960s experience new thoughts and feelings, question their identities, connect, and disconnect as they search for the meaning of life and love.

Publishers Description

Debbie is wishing something would happen. Something good. To her. Soon. In the meantime, Debbie loses a necklace and finds a necklace (and boy does the necklace have a story to tell), she goes jeans shopping with her mother (an accomplishment in diplomacy), she learns to drive shift in a truck (illegally), she saves a life (directly connected to being able to drive, thus proving something), she takes a bus ride to another town (in order to understand what it feels like to be from "elsewhere"), she meets a boy (who truly is from "elsewhere"), but mostly she hangs out with her friends: Patty, Hector, Lenny, and Phil. Their paths cross. Their stories crisscross. And in Lynne Rae Perkins's remarkable book, a girl and her wish grow up. Illustrated throughout with black–and–white pictures, comics, and photographs by the author.

Ages 10+

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More About Lynne Rae Perkins

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is also the author of the novel All Alone in the Universe, the award-winning companion to Criss Cross. An artist as well as a writer, Lynne Rae Perkins has published several acclaimed picture books, including The Broken Cat, Snow Music, Pictures from Our Vacation, and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

Lynne Rae Perkins currently resides in the state of Michigan.

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"Nothing happens"?  May 2, 2010
I've read several of the one-star reviews. A common theme seems to be: "Nothing happens in this story". To which my reply is: So what?

After all, what "happens" in middle school? You live with your family. You go to school. You hang with friends. You think a lot about classmates of the opposite sex, and wonder what they think about you. None of that is much in the way of anything "happening". But it is real life, and I think the author did a good job of looking inside the characters' hearts and minds. Her way with words also made me smile a lot.

Do you need a book with lots "happening"? Sort of the literary equivalent of an action movie with car chases and loud explosions? Skip this book. Want to try a gentle story about the little things that make up the life of an adolescent? Take this story for a spin.
really, really slow  Apr 22, 2010
I bought this for my 11 yr old daughter who loves to read. She read 75 pages and told me she didn't want to finish it! I've never heard her say that about a book before. She said it was really slow and she kept waiting for "something" to happen...she even skipped to the end and read the last few pages and still didn't like it.
Exciting...?  Jun 17, 2009
Criss cross is a very interesting and unquie book. It is not predicitable at all if your the type that enjoys trying to figure out what will happen next. In, my opinon it was an okay book but it was one of those selections where you read it one and then your done.
Best Newbery I've read yet--  Apr 23, 2009
There are just too many one-star reviews of Criss Cross for me to sit on my hands. Some people don't seem to 'get' this book.

Okay, it's a Newbery winner so maybe you think it should read in the adventurous vein of Terabithia or Island of the Blue Dolphins. What you expect to get out of such a book might determine how you see Criss Cross, how you judge it.

I tend to think that too many people have been Harry-Potterized when it comes to young adult fiction. If you have been Potterized, you will probably demand a white-knuckle, ever-thickening plot in which a lone nerdy underdog eventually rallies his wits and (against all odds) overcomes the collective forces of Super-Evil in an Armageddon-esque climax with all the required fireworks.

So I would call Criss Cross the anti-Harry-Potter in that it isn't a story that goes from A to B in a single straight line and isn't full of stereotypical characters like the cruel step-parents, the goofy-funny side-kick, the old and wise mentor, and the evil-for-evil's-sake antagonist who is the ten thousandth literary incarnation of tired old biblical Lucifer (who always seems to speak superiorly in some version of Shakespeare-ese).

So, yes, I can see why this most unPotter-like book might not push your buttons but instead press you to find fault over its 'lack' of story, excitement, action, interesting characters, and so on, as you have been conditioned to perceive these things.

If you want formula, THAT formula, you won't get it here. What you will get instead are tiny, intricate, intimate moments that are windows into teenaged souls.

There is Russell K., for example, outwardly a dull, dorkish type. Eating ice cream at the Tastee-Freez (Dairy Queen) he watches two pretty girls get up to leave. He observes them as they "toss their napkins, so lightly and easily, into the basket. They didn't even stop walking to do it. He thought that looked so graceful. He admired it the way you admire a waterfall or a sunset, or how someone plays a piece of music." A simple, short paragraph from Russell's viewpoint says of him what an ordinary writer might need several pages to tell. Who knew this about Russell? Suddenly, we feel what he feels so keenly, and by means of the most unimportant of events -- the discarding of trash at a fast-food haunt. Here is that very, very good kind of writing, where so much less is so much more.

And there is the disconnect by way of a couple of generations and radically different cultures between Debbie and Mrs. Bruning, an invalid lady whom Debbie's mom arranged for Debbie to visit and help. Debbie, typically immature and self-involved, takes an incremental step toward adulthood after her encounter with the old woman.

It happens when Mrs. Bruning asks Debbie to cut off her hair, perhaps fifty years in the growing. Debbie's panic rises as the hair falls away to reveal a pale and patchy baldness. "'You're worried,' observed Mrs. Bruning. 'Let me see. Go and get my mirror, from on my dresser.' Debbie went and returned with the mirror. Mrs. Bruning took it and looked in, moving it up and down and from side to side. Her face was unreadable. 'It's the new me,' she said finally. Then she quoted the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., who she admired. 'Free at last, free at last,' she said in her German accent instead of his southern one. 'Great God A'mighty, I'm free at last.'"

Now this gave me goose bumps. Again, the author crystallizes a small, understated moment, making it glitter and shine. There are many more such sweet, rich mini-events tucked away in the book's pages ready to be appreciated by thoughtful readers. (Like the Nancy Drew discussion and the crisis in the dressing room over bellbottom hems.)

I should mention also that the book has a bounty of humor but it is so straight-faced and subtle that a lot of it will fly under many people's radars and they will therefore pronounce this book unfunny.

They don't get the book, in other words. So they give a one-star review like the ones below.

But you will probably get Criss Cross if:

You enjoy art movies and relationship movies, mostly preferring them to blockbuster action shows.
You like to diverge from the path and amble around for a while examining things, even the small insignificant details of things, before moving on.
You are attracted to quirkiness instead of that which is typical and normal.
You think a literary journey into a character's mind might be at least as fulfilling and enjoyable as a vicarious swashbuckling ocean voyage or a jaunt in an enchanted forest on a unicorn.
You are the kind of person who has written at least one haiku.

I really, really liked this book, first for daring to be different, and then for succeeding with style.

I recommend Criss Cross to people who are prone to wander off the beaten track, who delight in very cleverly arranged words and well-turned phrases purely for their own sake, and who appreciate an introspective view -- a peek in at others' souls.

(By the way, I like the Harry Potter series well enough but I just don't consider it the all-time, most highly refined, most sublimely literate example of printed prose, that's all. But they are good stories, though, and quite adroitly told.)
Elizabeth Ann Jeffrey  Mar 16, 2009
Her life is as boring as boring can be. Nothing ever happens. But she should have been careful what she wished for because something happened she never expected.
Boring and lazy, that's Debbie a 14 year old girl. Debbie has a friend, Hector. She tells Hector to take guitar lessons. So he decides to follow her words and take them. He always wanted to write a song and now he finally has the chance. Hector, just like Debbie, always had a boring life. But when he notices a girl named Meadow his life gets exciting. The second he sees her he falls in love. But he wonders, does she notice him? Does she notice him staring at her all the time?
A mystery lies and the end? But, it's what you want it to be. Whether, you want it to be a sad or happy ending, it's how you think the friendships of Hector, Debbie, and Meadow went. (Did they go good or bad?) If you like deciding the endings of books then read this book. This book sends a message saying always go after what you want. And they all do.
The book didn't go as well as I would have hoped. I wish it would have had more details. It was kind of boring. But some parts were good. I wouldn't recommend this book because it wasn't the best book to read.

- Elizabeth Ann Jeffrey

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