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Nissa's Place by A. LaFaye
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Nissa's Place

by A. LaFaye

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Reviewed by Hannah Marie for TeensReadToo.com

NISSA'S PLACE picks up roughly a year after its predecessor, THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN.

Main character Nissa Bergen is about to be thirteen years old and her life is bursting with change. She is still trying to adjust to the presence of her stepmother and the unknown whereabouts of her mother. Nissa and her best friend are also struck both physically and emotionally by the craziness of puberty. And those are not the only matters transforming Nissa's life.

One day, her mother returns to town, and Heirah Rae convinces her daughter to travel back with her to Chicago. Both are happy to be together once again, but Nissa wonders about her home and loved ones waiting back for her in Harper, Louisiana.

Does she belong in the noisy city or the small town? What exactly is God's plan for her, and what factors will challenge it?

By the time readers of all ages get to the end of the novel, they will be inspired by Nissa's determination to make a difference and the path she takes to find her inner self. This book touches on so many issues, from racial segregation of the 1930s to the relationships between family members affected by divorces and second marriages.

Readers are bound to find some detail or character that touches them in a personal way, making their reading experience quite awakening and unique. ( )
  GeniusJen | Jul 10, 2010 |
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Uncertain of where she really belongs, thirteen-year-old Nissa leaves her Louisiana home where she lives with her father and new stepmother and goes to stay with her eccentric mother in Chicago.

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