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The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

by Jill MacLean

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In this sequel to "The Nine Lives of Travis Keating", the focus is on
Prinny Murphy. Prinny cannot read. She lives with her overworked and overwhelmed father. As the story opens, her alcoholic mother has been kicked out of the family home. Prinny attempts to deal with her tragic family circumstances, as well as tackling her reading problems and three relentless bullies at school. This story by Canadian author Jill MacLean provides an accurate portrayal of life in Newfoundland, including the Newfoundland dialect.
This book is appropriate for junior and intermediate students. It would work well as a read aloud, for literature circles and as an introduction to a poetry study. Students could make meaningful connections to the book by looking at the themes of family dynamics, animals, friendship, trust, alcoholism and literacy.
It could be recommended as a book for "The Future We Want" program as it examines issues related to classism. ( )
  CIO | Sep 5, 2010 |
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An alcoholic mother, a distracted father, a best friend who spends all his time with his new “girlfriend,” and three relentless schoolyard bullies: Prinny Murphy's past, present, and future certainly are “tense.” Adding to her misery, she still can't read well enough to escape from remedial lessons with the dour Mrs. Dooks. But when a kindly substitute teacher introduces her to LaVaughn's inner-city world in the free verse novel, Make Lemonade, Prinny discovers that life can be full of possibilities – and poetry.
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"An alcoholic mother, a distracted father, a best friend who spends all his time with his new 'girlfriend,' and three relentless schoolyard bullies: Prinny Murphy's past, present, and future certainly are 'tense' Adding to her misery, she is in grade six and still can't read well enough to escape from remedial lessons with the dour Mrs. Dooks. But when a kindly substitute teacher introduces her to LaVaughn's inner-city world in the free verse novel, Make Lemonade, Prinny discovers that life can be full of possibilities-and poetry." --From the publisher.… (more)

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