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Deenie (Hardcover)
Deenie (Hardcover): Judy Blume

Deenie (Hardcover)

Judy Blume

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Like John Neufeld (see Freddy's Book, KR, p. 817, J-269), Judy Blume seems to be growing impatient with fictional considerations and more preoccupied with her bibliotherapeutic themes - which is not to deny that this could hit a responsive nerve with her body-centered early adolescent readers. At the beginning Deenie is an ordinary seventh grader preoccupied with making the cheer-leading squad, disgusted by hunchbacks and cripples and a classmate with eczema, and plagued by a stereotypically insensitive mother determined to make a professional model of her pretty daughter. Then the gym teacher suspects and doctors confirm that Deenie has scoliosis, "a structural curvature of the spine which has a strong tendency to progress rapidly during the adolescent growth spurt." The rest of her story - about half of which seems to take place in doctors' offices, where we are exposed to all the processes involved in making a brace mold, deals with her adjustment to the brace that she will wear for four years in order to grow up straight. Instead of giving Deenie any personality or independent existence beyond her malady, the author throws in the subtopic of masturbation - Deenie likes to touch her "special place" to get "that good feeling," and is relieved when the gym teacher tells the class it's okay - which only makes the story's hygienic slant more pronounced. (Kirkus Reviews)
Scoliosis twists Deenie's plans for seventh grade in this classic Judy Blume novel with a fresh new look.
Deenie's mother wants her to be a model, with her face on magazine covers--maybe even in the movies--but Deenie wants to spend Saturdays with her friends Janet and Midge, tracking Harvey Grabowsky, the captain of the football team, around Woolworth's. She wants to be a cheerleader, too, and go to the seventh-grade mixer to hear Buddy Brader play his drums.
Instead, Deenie is diagnosed with scoliosis. And that means body stockings to squeeze into, a roomful of strangers to face, and a terrifying brace that she'll need to wear for years that goes from her neck to her hips. Suddenly Deenie has to cope with a kind of specialness that's frightening--and might be hers forever.


Imprint: Heinemann Young Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 1980
Authors: Judy Blume
Dimensions: 220 x 140mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112
ISBN-13: 978-0-434-92883-5
Categories: Books > Children's & Educational > Fiction > General
Books > Children's Fiction & Fun > General
LSN: 0-434-92883-6
Barcode: 9780434928835

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