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The disturbed girl's dictionary

by Ramos, NoNieqa,

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Fifteen-year-old Macy, officially labeled "disturbed" by her school, records her impressions of her rough neighborhood and home life as she tries to rescue her brother from Child Protective Services, win back her overachieving best friend after a fight, and figure out whether to tell her incarcerated father about her mother's cheating.
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Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* The events that led to Macy Cashmere's stay in a mental institution unfold through mostly alphabetically arranged dictionary entries that piece together a harrowing and ultimately empowering story of survival. Macy's dad is in prison, her mother flits from one so-called boyfriend to another, and her little brother, Zane, is in foster care, after Child Protective Services was tipped off by neighbors. But Macy's primary concern is that her best friend, Alma, is uncharacteristically withdrawn. Ramos presents the raw, real voice of a fiercely protective and determined young woman who eventually takes up her grandmother's machete to protect herself and her friend, an act that lands her in the institution. Like Sapphire's Push (1996), it's almost too much at times or would be if it weren't so believable. The dictionary format and nonlinear exposition work beautifully to slowly reveal the reasons for Macy's actions, while her wry humor and sharp tongue leaven the first-person narrative. An ambiguous but realistic conclusion will provoke discussion. Ramos is a voice to watch; her exceptional writing and compassionate realism will draw many readers, not just fans of urban fiction.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2017 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Fifteen-year-old Macy Cashmere is emotionally disturbed, at least according to her school, teachers, and family. But her life is heartbreakingly difficult-her father is in prison, her brother was taken away by Child Protective Services, and her mother is involving herself with a string of abusive men who make occasional passes at Macy. She has just two friends: honor student Alma, who hopes that school will save her, and George, who wears a helmet due to an injury sustained after the brutal murder of his sister. Macy's story is told as a series of vignettes, each framed by a word in Macy's "dictionary" ("Answer. Noun. Example: 'Ahnsuh me, bitch!'") with a tenuous narrative thread. Debut author Ramos shows Macy navigating the difficulties of school and home while plagued by deaths, threats to her safety, and a constant, nagging hunger. Ramos makes effective use of vernacular to channel Macy's anger, anguish, and sharp-edged perspective in a disturbing but empathetic portrait of life as a child in poverty. Ages 14-up. Agent: Emily Keyes, Fuse Literary. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Subjects Family problems Fiction
Emotional problems Fiction
Learning disabilities Fiction
Families Juvenile fiction
Emotional problems Juvenile fiction
Learning disabilities Juvenile fiction
Prisoners' families Fiction
Children of prisoners Fiction
Child welfare Fiction
Young adult fiction
Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Fiction
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Publisher [Place of publication not identified] :Lerner Publishing Group2018
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
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ISBN 9781512498554
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