Friday, June 13, 2008

42 Miles

42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, illustrated by Elaine Clayton
JoEllen's parents divorced when she was very young, so she was used to splitting her time between them, shuttling four blocks from one Cincinnati apartment to another. But when her dad moved to the old family farm last year, her life was suddenly divided. Now on weekdays she's a city girl, called Ellen, who hangs out with her friends, plays the sax, and loves old movies. And on weekends she's a country girl, nicknamed Joey, who rides horseback with her cousin, Hayden, goes fishing, and listens to bluegrass. So where do her loyalties lie? Who is the real JoEllen? Linked free-verse poems, illustrated with a quirky array of found objects and mementos, create the vivid, realistic portrait of a young girl at a defining moment in her life.


Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI said...

...Mixed-media collage illustrations complement the subject of each poem and reinforce the complicated and changing moods of the story. Young people will appreciate this easy-to-read, empowering story.

La-la said...

What it is like to be 12 and live one life with mom and another life with dad. I could feel some of the turmoil underneath the story quietly churning. It was a very quick read, maybe could have had a little more depth, but good for a young girl with divorced parents.
I give it 3 1/2 ***