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Perkins, Lynne Rae.  
New York : Greenwillow Books, 2005
IL 5-8, RL 5.7
ISBN 0060092726
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Finding love, growing up, and wishing for something good to happen to you and SOON? Debbie, the main character in this book set in a small town in the 1960s, is doing just that—finding love, growing up, and wishing for something to happen. Fourteen-year old Debbie, along with her friends Hector and Lenny, are searching for love and meaning as they grow up. Searching for love and meaning doesn't happen in life or in literature with a simple diagrammable plot.
So I have to also bring a warning to you about the book Criss Cross: It is not a book for adventurous action seekers. If you love only books with characters like Alex Rider, you might want to pass on this one.

So, will you check this book out from the library? If you appreciate artful writing and you are a thinking and thoughtful young teen, I believe you'll enjoy reading about these likable characters in their mundane and magnificent snippets of life. Using prose and poetry and other interesting formats, Lynne Rae Perkins has written this sublime novel for you. Sublime, huh? If you know or care enough to look up what the word sublime means, you should definitely read this book. (Denise Krebs,, teacher)

SUBJECTS:     Identity -- Fiction.
                        Nineteen sixties -- Fiction.

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