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Toning the Sweep (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner) (1993 original; edició 1993)

de Angela Johnson

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On a visit to her grandmother Ola, who is dying of cancer in her house in the desert, fourteen-year-old Emmie hears many stories about the past and her family history and comes to a better understanding of relatives both dead and living.
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Títol:Toning the Sweep (Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner)
Autors:Angela Johnson
Informació:Orchard Books (NY) (1993), Edition: 1St Edition, Hardcover, 103 pages
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Johnson, Angela. Toning the Sweep. 1994.

The main character, Emily, has joined her mother on a trip to the desert to help her grandmother, Ola, move to Cleveland with them. Ola has terminal cancer and no longer can live on her own so Emily decides to use her grandmother's video camera to record Ola's friends and familiar places to bring with them to the city.

One thing I noticed about this story is that the desert is almost a real character, the vivid descriptions bring the desert alive. The story is told from Emily's point of view as she describes the history and relationships of three generations of women in her family.

Awards:
Coretta Scott King Award
ALA Best Books for Young Adults
BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
  vpliving | Apr 27, 2010 |
Toning the Sweep tells the story of 14 year old Emily, her mother Diane, and her terminally-ill grandmother Ola. Emily and Diane have travelled to the desert to visit Ola and help her to move back to Cleveland with Emily and Diane to spend the last few months of her life.
The book tells the story of three generations of women and explores each of their various perspectives on life, while each works to come to terms with the loss of Ola's husband, who died when Diane was about Emily's age. In some ways, Toning the Sweep is a coming of age story, but it also tells the story of meaningful friendships and family.
  bloftis | Apr 24, 2010 |
I loved the characters in "Toning The Sweep" by Angela Johnson. There is Emmie, the main character. She is visiting her Grandma Ola in the California desert. She and her mom have come all the way from Alabama. Oddly, Ola's daughter, Diane, does not get along with her mother. When both of these women are in the same room, there is tension due to past emotional pain. Emmie finds no problem with Ola. She love her and likes identifying with her by wearing her hats and scarfs. She also slowly drives Ola's car out of the drive with the hood down feeling the desert wind around her. Another way for just a moment to pretend she is her Grandmother.

Soon, Emmie begins to take pictures with a camera than a camcorder. She listens and watches Ola and the aunts talk about mundane or important happenings in their lives. Emmie has a good time. She also learns a lot about life like all pain can not be cured with a bandaide. Some pain hurts so badly people take pills. She also thinks about her grandfather. Her grandfather is no longer living. This causes her to think and and talk to her friend, David, about ancestors, rituals, etc. ( )
  Tea58 | Jul 24, 2009 |
On a trip to the desert to bring her dying grandmother home, Emily learns about the family's tragic past and gains pride as a third generation black woman. 3rd grade ( )
  tspeavy | Apr 3, 2009 |
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