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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Make Lemonade (edition 2000)

by Virginia Euwer Wolff

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Title:Make Lemonade
Authors:Virginia Euwer Wolff
Info:Books On Tape (2000), Audio CD
Tags:lemonade, poverty, struggle, love, children, care, family, faith, education

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The story of LaVaughn and a young mother told through pages of free verse poetry. LaVaughn babysits for this young mother, but ends up learning and doing a lot more
  savannahgatesstacy | Nov 29, 2016 |
LaVaughn has high aspirations: she wants to go to college, something that people in her neighborhood rarely do. To make money for college, she takes a job babysitting Jeremy and Jilly, the two children of a girl only a few years older than LaVaughn herself. Can LaVaughn work and keep up with her studies, or will she get pulled into the drama of the struggling family she's working for?

This verse novel is a quick, thought-provoking read as LaVaughn searches for balance. I enjoyed it, but probably will not bother with the sequels. ( )
  foggidawn | Apr 27, 2016 |
Narrated by Heather Alicia Sims. LaVaughn is set on going to college someday and escaping the kind of life Jolly leads, a single mom with two small children, unemployed and living in subpar public housing. But while babysitting for Jolly's kids, LaVaughn sees that striving for better can depend on the situation one is in. Sims' warm narration gives us a thoughtful LaVaughn. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I inherited about 30 of these for my middle school classroom, but I certainly don't need them. This novel-in-verse is good, but not something with which I want to teach my rural, semi-privileged kids. I didn't think it was too realistic, although it tries very hard to be and may even pass as such. LeVaughn is a caricature, and Jolly may be, too, but I don't know anyone in Jolly's shoes enough to judge if she's a possibility or not. This novel tries to teach you not to judge, of course, and to make lemonade out of life's lemons. I can't believe it's a trilogy...I wasn't even wondering what happens next at the end. An unnecessary trilogy, I'd say.

Anyway, it was predictable and a bit cheesy, but I enjoyed the poetry.
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  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
A very good read. Once you have read it you can understand why is has won such acclaim. A 14 year old Afro-american girl takes a babysitting job with a 17 year old Afro-american girl who had two children. The heroine,Verna Lavaughn's father died in a driveby shooting. Jolly's children's fathers are absent. Bringing the lesson of making lemonade when life gives you lemons to life in a very accessible way. Warm, human, and touching. ( )
  joeydag | Jul 23, 2015 |
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LaVaughn, a girl from the slums with dreams of attending college, takes a regular babysitting job for a single teen parent even more impoverished than herself.
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An award-winning novel about growing up and making choices

Viginia Euwer Wolff's groundbreaking novel, written in free verse, tells the story of fourteen-year-old LaVaughn, who is determined to go to college--she just needs the money to get there. When she answers a babysitting ad, LaVaughn meets Jolly, a seventeen-year-old single mother with two kids by different fathers. As she helps Jolly make lemonade out of the lemons her life has given her, LaVaughn learns some lessons outside the classroom.

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In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.

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