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Violet Raines Almost got struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth

Violet Raines almost got struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth. Pub. Walker & Co. 2008

This is a story of growing up, a story of change in the lives of two 12 year old girls, and a boy, as puberty threatens.

Not all 12 year olds are at the same stage of development physically, mentally and in the way they relate to each other and to the opposite sex. Change can happen over night, or take place over a summer as it does in this novel.

Violet,  Lottie and Eddie have been friends all their lives. When city girl Melissa comes to town with sophisticated ways, with makeup, high heeled sandals and wearing a bra, the innocent childhood ways of the three friends becomes complicated.

Melissa muscles in on the Violet/Lottie relationship and there is tension when the girls are together. Melissa calls Eddie “cute” which the other girls haven’t noticed before, and she chides Violet about her relationship with Eddie. “where’s your boyfriend?”

When lightning hits Lottie’s house this precipitates action as all characters go through changes in their relationships the way they act and thought processes.

A first book for Danette Howarth and a very good one too. She has the pre-teen voice just right and tells a lovely story of friendship and community.

Suitable for school years 5/6/7/8. Girls will like it most but boys shouldn’t pass it by either.

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