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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: siblings, responsibility, self-respect
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2002
Lexile Level: HL520L
Fry Reading Level: 3.0
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Dime is fifteen and angry all the time. Her parents don't like the way she dresses, her boyfriend, her attitude. Her older brother Darren was paralyzed in an accident she walked away from, and Dime is sure her parents wish she were the one in the wheelchair. When the fights and accusations finally become too much, Dime moves in with her brother. At first she is overjoyed with the change of scenery and lack of parental control. But when her troubles follow her she finds that maybe it isn't everyone else who is the problem, and realizes that she has to start taking some responsibility for her actions.

Also available in Spanish.

VOYA - April 1, 2003
“Teen readers will relate to Dime’s struggle to accept herself and frustration at being always compared with another sibling who seems infallible. Although the writing is simple and concise, the main characters are multidimensional... A must-buy for librarians looking for high quality fiction to appeal to reluctant readers.”
Resource Links - January 1, 2003
"Provides preteen and teen readers with a role model who is able to see that the choices one makes should have less to do with popularity and more to do with the right thing...A must-read for every teenager and pre-teen and an excellent acquisition for school and public libraries."
CM Magazine - November 29, 2002
"An accurate reflection of the emotional lives of many teenage girls who act out in a cry to be loved for who they are. This short novel, set in large, accessible type will appeal to struggling readers who are drawn to emotional, contemporary stories in which the heroine triumphs on her own terms...Recommended."
NMRLS Book Review Group - January 3, 2002
"Simple yet varied vocabulary and language realistical enough to keep the attention of teens while remaining clean enough for classroom use...Goobie has a particular flair for creating dramatic yet believable situations."

Awards

YALSA Quick Picks  | 2003 | Long-listed
CCBC Our Choice  | 2003 | Commended
PSLA Top Forty  | 2003 | Short-listed
Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2002 | Commended

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