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Flip-Flop Girl (1994)

by Katherine Paterson

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Another wise and heart-warming story from the author of Bridge to Terabithia. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
Another Katherine Paterson book made me cry. I was overdue. ( )
  Yona | May 2, 2013 |
This is a very sad story about a young girl learnig how to cope with the death of her father and feeling left out of life. At the end of the story she has an improved relationship and understanding with her little brother and friends.

I really like this story. My best friend who just graduated from Cameron this last year told me about this book she just lost her dad two years ago and said this was a really good book. I really hits base on some of the true emotions she went through eventhough she was a little older when it happened to her.

I would have the students draw a picture of how the would visualize what Vinnie, Mason, or Lupe looked like. And then draw a picture and write a little story about how their pictures relate to the story. ( )
  ShalynAdams | Jul 18, 2010 |
Vinnie misses her father, in her anger at his death she said nasty things to her little brother, who now refuses to speak. In order to make a fresh start, with their limited budget, Vinnie's family moves in with her step-grandmother. Vinnie goes to a new school, and creates an ideal in her teacher, who replaces her father. Vinnie establishes an antagonistic relationship with Lupe, who wears flip-flops (jandals). Eventually Vinnie acts on the memories of her father and repairs her relationships.
  madhamster | Oct 21, 2008 |
From Publishers Weekly
Torn apart by the recent death of her father, 10-year-old Vinnie does not look forward to moving from D.C. to Virginia and starting a new life in Brownsville (a town as dull as its name) with her stressed-out mother and "crazy" younger brother, Mason, who has not spoken a word since the funeral. Sharing her dreary grandmother's cramped house is bad enough, but going to a new school proves even less bearable. The only classmate to show her any kindness is Lupe, herself ostracized by the others. Like Lyddie, the eponymous heroine of the author's previous novel, Vinnie finds a refuge from emotional pain in fantasy, but when the object of her romantic dreams, gentle teacher Mr. Clayton, announces his upcoming marriage, she feels betrayed. Enraged, she scratches Mr. Clayton's beautifully painted car--whereupon her remorse teaches her the destructive effects of her anger, allowing her to come to terms with her problems and to open her eyes to other people's suffering. A master of rendering the intensity of childhood emotions, Paterson explores the impact of grief and the slow process of healing. With deep compassion, her story crystallizes the vulnerability and resiliency of preadolescents placed in tragic circumstances. Ages 8-10.
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Uprooted following the death of their father, nine-year-old Vinnie and her five-year-old brother, Mason, cope in different ways--one in silence--but both with the help of Lupe, the flip-flop girl.

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