Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oh Miss Violet

Danette Haworth, author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, has created this down-home, likable character in Violet. She is such an ordinary young girl, living a life of fun and innocence with her best friend, Lottie, when Melissa moves to town, changing everything.

Violet is now expected, by both Melissa and Lottie, to wear makeup, talk about boys, play truth or dare, and become this mischieveous little being. Violet doesn't like change, enjoying her simple life just the way it is, but she wants friends, especially her friendship with Lottie to remain just as close as it has always been. She doesn't want to grow up as fast as the other girls seem to want to, but is unclear as to how to remain herself amongst Lottie and Melissa.

When Lottie and her family begin to go through a crisis, Violet soon learns that in order to stay the same person, she has to give in a bit to the change. Her character is incredibly strong and likable, definitely one middle grade girls can relate to and look up to.

Another blogger compared Violet to Veda in the famous movie "My Girl." Though the story plots are not at all similar, Violet and Veda are very similar in their character and their desire to never change. Getting older is inevitable in life, but both girls fight against it, tooth and nail.

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning was a lovely, heartwarming little book I've been recommending to young girls left and right. It's beautifully written with such a simple, yet large concept. Definitely a great purchase for libraries or for your own girls!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

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