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Up for Air Kindle Edition
"An awesome swimmer with a frustrating learning disability struggles in the roiling waters of adolescence . . . Readers will root for [Annabelle] as she ricochets between ebullience and despair, empathy and hurt, confidence and doubt, pride and self-loathing--we've been there, too, or soon will be. Captures the turmoil of adolescence with wisdom and humor in near-pointillist detail."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Morrison, a former teacher, realistically captures the challenges of middle school--complicated family dynamics, volatile friendships, and first love--in this story about a girl struggling to find where she belongs."-- "Publishers Weekly"
"A sweet and entertaining novel that offers deeper themes to ponder."-- "School Library Journal"
"Laurie Morrison authentically captures the lovelorn daydreams as well as the awkwardness and anxiety of a middle school girl with one foot in her childhood friendships and the other venturing into the world of young adulthood . . . the feelings and struggles Annabelle experiences are universal and will strike a chord with middle school students."-- "School Library Connection"
"Readers will relate to Annabelle--if not with the specifics of her life, then with the feelings of an almost teen as she navigates growing up. The well-crafted characters extend to the adults in the story, who are multilayered and have lives beyond their relationship with their daughter. Best of all, Annabelle's realizations about her life are hard won and wholly believable."-- "Booklist" --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07H1JSV4J
- Publisher : Amulet Books (7 May 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 1913 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1419733664
- Best Sellers Rank: #108,956 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
We see annabelle go on a journey from awkward and mistreated to being confident and stickinf up for herself. We see her mistreat friends, and make up with them. We watch as an older boy makes a mockery of her, bur she keeps going. This is a true story - it turns the page for you and leaves you gasping for air.
Now, here is my only criticism.
WHERE ON EARTH IS THE SEQUEL?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
❤️ ❤️ ❤️
Embarrassed by accommodations, and frustrated when they don't seem to be enough either, school is a struggle for Anabelle. In the pool, she feels different. In the pool she is in control and she is strong. In the pool, Anabelle is setting records.
When Anabelle is asked to swim up with the high school team to help them in the mixed relay, her excitement for the opportunity to prove herself gets distracted by the two-years-older boy who she is crushing on showing her more attention. Struggling to fit in with the older teens has Anabelle hurting her own friends, disobeying her parents, and spiraling downward. How will she find her way through the mess she has made to come up for air?
What I loved: The message. Knowing who your true friends and family are makes all the difference. Anyone can comeback and grow from mistakes. The setting. I want to live on Gray Island. The swimming. This is a popular sport with my students and I am excited to add a book about it to our library.
The real strength of Up for Air is the way all of the emotions of the characters are spot on. Annabelle's struggles with loneliness, isolation, insecurity, and misunderstanding are all presented in a realistic way, showing what most girls feel during adolescence. Overall an excellent middle grade book.