By Vivian Vande Velde
Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be known as, Sybil) has been attempting to reinvent herself ever because the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. lifestyles has been very complicated because Alison left. Susan’s mom has turn into overly protecting, afraid of wasting one other baby. Her new tuition isn't really all undesirable, in fact, however it is various and confusing. Her ally, Connie, has what can be a fantastic thought — or even it has the makings of a catastrophe: in the event that they join the varsity play, they may prove with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan’s try and make experience of her pressured international, the lack of her sister, a brand new tuition, turmoil at domestic, and the transforming into pains of formative years. yet Susan, regardless of all, is still brilliant, humorous, and self acutely aware with the aid of a brand new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a full of life staff of faculty buddies. the tale is plausible and touching and distinct through the narrator’s voice.
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Page 11 3 First period is religion, which isnt as bad as it sounds because its really womens health issues. Next comes math, which is my best subject this year. Ive discovered that if I take it slowly, logically, one step at a time, it isnt so bad. Ive made this discovery because otherwise Miss Beckwith leans across my desk and asks if I need any help, and Miss Beckwith has notoriously bad breath. In English, were studying Great Expectationsneed I say more? For foreign language Im taking Italian, because my family heritage is mostly German, and French and Spanish seemed too potentially useful.
Well, thats nice, Mary Amber gushes. Thats important, too. Like shes saying that we, too, can be useful, productive members of society. She finally spots somebody she knows and abandons us so fast she barely has time to call back, Toodles. I do my impersonation of the Queen Mother waving from her carriage to the adoring masses. The guy Mary Amber has zeroed in on isto put it as conservatively as possiblegorgeous. I sigh, louder than I intended. Connie leans over and whispers to me, Now theres someone you could invite to the dance.
Mom, of course, has always had a lot of self-control. But so far Ive sold three chocolate bars to Wally in one week. By the time Im through learning to be responsible for myself, I should have enough money for that jacket. Anyway, Connies news about our chocolate-sale-celebration dance is about as exciting to me as the prospect of peddling chocolate to the neighbors. Everybody else at the table starts talking about what theyre going to wear, even though Christmas vacation is more than two months away.
Alison, Who Went Away by Vivian Vande Velde