By Vivian Vande Velde
Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be referred to as, Sybil) has been attempting to reinvent herself ever because the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. lifestyles has been very complicated given that Alison left. Susan’s mom has turn into overly protecting, frightened of wasting one other baby. Her new college isn't really all undesirable, in fact, however it is diverse and confusing. Her ally, Connie, has what can be a excellent proposal — or perhaps it has the makings of a catastrophe: in the event that they subscribe to the varsity play, they could turn out with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan’s try and make experience of her harassed international, the lack of her sister, a brand new university, turmoil at domestic, and the growing to be pains of early life. yet Susan, regardless of all, continues to be brilliant, humorous, and self conscious with assistance from a brand new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a full of life crew of college associates. the tale is plausible and touching and individual through the narrator’s voice.
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Mary Amber starts telling us about all the plays shes been inand its not grammar school pageants shes talking about: shes been in regional theater. What parts are you trying out for? she finally asks. I mean, obviously we all want to be Leonora, but there are other good parts, too. I dont tell her I just found out the name of the play ten minutes ago. I tell her, Stagehands. Page 42 Stagehands? she repeats pensively. Are you thinking of Our Town, with the Stage Manager being the narrator? Connie sinks lower into her seat and pretends that shes yawning, not grinning.
Little Alison Casselman, all grown up and living on her own in New York, she says with a sigh, that sigh adults give when kids make them feel particularly old. With a girlfriend, I correct her. But Ms. LaMond hasnt even heard me. Ill bet she turned out to be a beautiful young woman, she says. Page 55 I figure she means Alison, not the girlfriend. I tell her I have a picture in my wallet, and she has me get it out of my purse. Alison has this incredible blond hair that cascades in perfect ripples past her shoulders; her eyes are wide and blue and innocent, but her smile is just a little mischievous.
Ed. After music is global studies. We spend the first few minutes of each class discussing the articles on that days current events board. Mr. Rosenblum tells me that he asked the students in each of his earlier global studies classes who they thought brought in the picture of the crushed car. Then he says, They all recognized your handiwork, Miss Casselman. Thank you, I tell him. Its nice to know Im appreciated. But he zeroes in on national news for class discussion: the upcoming program on the Robert Deitz case.
Alison, Who Went Away by Vivian Vande Velde