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Make Lemonade by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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ALA BBYA. RGG: Written in free verse, a story about a teenage girl's connection to an unwed mother and her two young children. Really a story about overcoming adversity.
  rgruberhighschool | Sep 19, 2017 |
ALA BBYA. RGG: Written in free verse, a story about a teenage girl's connection to an unwed mother and her two young children. Really a story about overcoming adversity.
  rgruberhighschool | Sep 17, 2017 |
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 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805080708, Paperback)

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.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:02:25 -0400)

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

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