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Redwood and Ponytail

by Holt, K. A,

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Told in verse in two voices, with a chorus of fellow students, this is a story of two girls, opposites in many ways, who are drawn to each other; Kate appears to be a stereotypical cheerleader with a sleek ponytail and a perfectly polished persona, Tam is tall, athletic and frequently mistaken for a boy, but their deepening friendship inevitably changes and reveals them in ways they did not anticipate.
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Booklist Review: "With her latest novel in verse, Holt returns to the world of House Arrest (2015) and Knockout (2018), this time turning her focus to the story of Kate and Tam. Kate, with her perfect swinging ponytail, is next in line to be cheerleading captain, much to the satisfaction of her demanding, ex-cheerleader mother. Tam, tall as a redwood, is a popular volleyball jock whose hippie mother and elderly lesbian neighbors help her feel free to be herself. When the new school year brings the two girls together, they form an immediate bond, but it's a friendship that soon feels like something more, and each of them must make sense of their feelings in the face of first love and the pressure of outside expectations. The free verse narration is totally accessible, flowing quick and clear, and Holt plays with form, beautifully highlighting the parallel internal journeys, often achieving something akin to a musical duet. Ultimately, this is a middle-school romance concerned with the thrilling, confusing, world-shifting emotions of that age. In an afterword, Holt writes that this was the book she needed when she was a kid, and all kinds of children will find hope in what, more than anything, is a moving story well-told.--Ronny Khuri Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Holt (Knockout) once again offers keen insight into the social pressures and vulnerabilities of middle schoolers in this novel in verse, which traces the mutual attraction between two seventh grade girls. "Tall as a palm tree" Tam, a jock, is sometimes mistaken for a boy; "with her "perfect/ swinging/ ponytail," Kate resembles "every clich├ęd cheerleader." Despite their differences, though, they establish a friendship that evolves into something deeper. Conflicts arise when Kate's friends and social-status-obsessed mother disapprove of Tam, and she fears that people will see her as "twisted up,/ not right" because she is gay. Ultimately, she must choose between molding herself into the girl her mother wants her to be and following her own path. The girls' interior monologues, sometimes merging on the page, sometimes visually set apart, effectively show their shared feelings and contrasting perspectives, and the voices of three onlooking students function as a Greek chorus, highlighting transitions in the girls' relationship. In a story thoughtfully formed and eloquently executed, Holt offers affirmation and hope to readers struggling to fit in. Ages 10--14. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Oct.)"
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Subjects Female friendship Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Interpersonal relations Fiction
Lesbians Fiction
High schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Female friendship Juvenile fiction
Friendship Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Lesbians Juvenile fiction
Schools Juvenile fiction
High schools Juvenile fiction
Juvenile Literature
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Novels in verse.
Psychological fiction.
Stories in rhyme.
Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Chronicle Books LLC2019
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Audience NP
Language English
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ISBN 9781452173108
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