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Criss Cross

By Lynne Rae Perkins (2)

In the sleepy town of Seldem, Debbie Pelbry makes a wish. It is summer, and the young characters of Lynne Rae Perkins’ Criss Cross are all dealing with growing pains, and an indefinable sense of longing. Perkins creates a seamless weaving of storylines, beginning with Debbie losing a necklace, which may or may not make magic happen. On a more tangible level, she also begins to help an elderly neighbor who is proud of her independence. Meanwhile, a boy named Hector decides to learn how to play a guitar as a way of meeting and attracting girls. Throughout Perkin’s novel, the overriding question, which ties the storylines together, is how do people connect? In this case, perhaps it is Debbie’s lost necklace, moving from one pocket to another, which is the answer. Debbie, Hector, and their friends, in true teenage fashion, begin to see each other in a fresh light, and when Lenny teaches Debbie to drive, he realizes she is someone special. In Seldem, romance is decidedly in the air, and one magical evening, it might bring two people together. Perkin's lovely story of growth and change is sure to capture the interest of readers, young and old, who will be left with a nostalgic remembrance, finding themselves within the relatable characters.

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