Make Lemonade

Make Lemonade

Book - 1993
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In order to earn money for college, fourteen-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother.
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780805022285
Branch Call Number: T FIC Wol
Characteristics: 200 p. ; 22 cm.


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yellow_swan_11 Aug 17, 2013

This is an emotional story. It also teaches people life lessons that could happen to anybody. It makes readers feel better about themselves when they read about the different problems that one of the character experienced.

Olive13 Aug 13, 2012

This Social Issues book, Make Lemonade, made me realize just how many people there are in the world and how many problems exist! It was truly an interesting read!

Ann Langone Aug 02, 2012

First person narrative written in verse. LaVaughn is 14 and wants to go-- is determined to go-- to college. She has lots of support from her mother and her teachers and while it will not be easy, she is going to get out. LaVaughn agrees to babysit for 17 year old single mother -2 kids- Jolly because she needs to save money for college. Jolly, with no support, is, of course, a mess. Their unlikely friendship helps Jolly find her way to a better life and gives LaVaughn some important life lessons.

I am glad is stuck with this book-- it was recommended by a young patron. Initially, i thought i knew where the story was headed-- yadddah yaddah yaddah-- but i was wrong. The story is not new but it is very real and is told in an honest and truthful way that is hopeful without being deceptively simple or trite. I really enjoyed it and just added the rest of the trilogy to the ya collection. And the verse style really enhances the telling.

Sep 19, 2011

This book is very good. I would recomend it to a younger audience, mostly young teens. The writing style is different than most books and is good for quick reading. A good book for someone who struggles to keep their attention focused. The sequel True Believer is just as good.... If not better.

Jul 23, 2007

A short novel in free verse, exploring a college-bound 14-yr-old babysitter's experience sitting for a teenage mom. Wolff has an excellent ear for language and line breaks; she isn't just chopping up prose into lines. One of my favorites on this list, for Wolff's great craft.


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Olive13 Aug 13, 2012

Olive13 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 10

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Olive13 Aug 13, 2012

Make Lemonade, by Virginia Euwer Wolff, was about a mother named Jolly, who REALLY needed help! She was a single mother with two kids, Jeremy and Jilly, a job that payed her minimum wage, and an apartment that was about to slip right through her fingers! Along came a fourteen-year old named LaVaughn who was ready to babysit, and was especially excited to make money to save up for college expenses, when she finds herself stuck in a family with no structure OR cleanliness! Eventually, Jolly is fired from her job and with no money to support her kids, she can't pay LaVaughn. The only thing that keeps LaVaughn going is the sweet kids and Jolly's desperation...


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Olive13 Aug 13, 2012

Me, I'm going for the phone and Jeremy's already there and I see like a close-up of a movie, he has the receiver up in his face and he has his two fingers on the 9 and he pushes the button hard and lets it go just right and I grab it and do the remaining pushing, 1 and 1 real fast.


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