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The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous (edició 2007)

de Suzanne Crowley (Autor)

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In the small town of Jumbo, Texas, thirteen-year-old Merilee, who has Asperger's Syndrome, tries to live a "Very Ordered Existence," but disruptions begin when a boy and his father arrive in town and the youngster makes himself a part of the family.
Membre:RobertaLea
Títol:The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous
Autors:Suzanne Crowley (Autor)
Informació:HarperCollins (2007), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous de Suzanne Crowley

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Children's fiction; realistic fiction.
"Merilee leads a Very Ordered Existence. V.O.E., for short. Her schedule (which must not be altered) includes, among other entries:
* School (horrendous)
* Litter patrol (30 minutes daily)
* Lunch (PB&J and a pickle)
* Bottle return (Friday only, at the Piggly Wiggly)
* Dame Fiona's meditation show (Saturday only, 6:00 am)
"The V.O.E. is all about precision."

A girl with Asperger's syndrome (Merilee) has her life in order until three strangers blow into town: an 8-year-old boy (Biswick) with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, his alcoholic poet father, and a woman with a secret (Veraleen). Biswick quickly grows attached to Merilee, throwing her off of her carefully maintained schedule (causing her great distress). Wonderful characters and character development; it was very easy to get wrapped up in the small-town drama of their lives. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
What a treat of a book! The small town of Jumbo, Texas (oxymoron) is home to this young lady with Asperger's syndrome. She is a delightfully quirky character just trying to understand the world around her. ( )
  RobertaLea | Jun 12, 2021 |
This book had good character development. I'll give it that. Sadly, it was not interesting. The most interesting part was Merilee's dragons and the little, paragraph-long stories about them we got every few chapters.

This book was lacking a plot. The characters did not seem their ages. I'm having trouble believing any of them are over the age of eight even though they are supposed to be thirteen. I understand that Biswick has developmental issues, but I don't the problems for Merilee and Bitsy. Merilee was way too simple for a thirteen-year-old who's supposedly advanced. Every statement she makes a simple observation of the world around her. Her "genius" was the fact that would say a long word like horrendous or marvellous sarcastically when she was annoyed (which was pretty much the whole time). It just made her sound like a broken record.

Also, Merilee's V.O.E. did not seem very important to her. She was always blaming them for breaking it when in relatively it seemed like she just got herself distracted and could not handle the blame. Thi, however, was a good point for her character development because she loses her V.O.E. as the story goes on and she starts to take some responsibly for their actions.

Also, that cheeto talked about in the beginning had little significance to anything. It doesn't even come into the play until over 100 pages have passed. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
Aspergers book. Very well done. Small town setting is captured very well. Lots of problem topics and the book drags in spots but worth the read for the great characters. ( )
  librarian1204 | Apr 26, 2013 |
Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

When I started reading this little gem of a book, I thought that it would be a fast read. I was mistaken. It took me awhile to read it because of the thought that had to be applied to comprehend the wonderful story. I selected this book to review because being a teacher, I have had the pleasure of having some autistic students in my class. I teach 10-12 year olds and I wanted to see some insight into the minds of my students. This gave me a lot to chew on.

Merilee is being raised in a small town in West Texas. She lives with her mother, father, sister, and a very mean ole grandma. She has a very ordered existence where she does everything on a time schedule. If her schedule is messed up, she gets nervous.

Into this existence comes two new characters, Veraleen and Biswick. Veraleen is a big woman with a very big heart, and Biswick is an 8-year-old boy who has been affected by fetal alcohol syndrome. The two of them help Merilee discover who she really is.

The characters in this kind of slow-paced book are bigger than life. The town of Jumbo is made up a lot of strange people. Merilee is very smart but can't say what she wants to say. Everything gets locked up inside her mind. But she is very caring about the people she does care about. She gets picked on in school, which was the hardest thing to read about since I am a school teacher, and she gets verbal abuse from her grandmother, which is finally explained in the last chapters of the book.

THE VERY ORDERED EXISTENCE OF MERILEE MARVELOUS is magical, and I am the better from reading this marvelous story. ( )
  GeniusJen | Aug 19, 2010 |
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Rich writing and multilayered plot and characters are the highlights of this special book.
 
Filled with rich language and endearing characters, I haven't loved a book this much since Ida B. and Each Little Bird That Sings.
afegit per suzannecrowley1 | editaBookSense
 
Crowley is a wonderful storyteller, both in her conversational style and in crafting characters that you can't shake from your thoughts - and don't want to.
afegit per suzannecrowley1 | editaRocky Mountain News
 
Marvelous
afegit per suzannecrowley1 | editaVOYA Starred
 
"First time novelist Crowley proves herself a virtuoso at creating an ensemble cast richly adorned with quirky particulars, and several chapter openings have an emphatic absurdity that makes them beg to be read aloud."
afegit per suzannecrowley1 | editaBulletin of the Center for Children's Books
 
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"Veraleen says everyone yarns for someone." "And do you know what the word 'yearn' means?" I said as I stood up and passed by him. I looked for Gideon again, but this time he was gone. Biswick shook his head. "It means to truly want something in your heart," I told him. "Like a cherry Popsicle when it's really, really hot outside?" he asked. "Yes," I replied. "Sometimes it's wanting something a lot bigger than that. Impossibility."
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In the small town of Jumbo, Texas, thirteen-year-old Merilee, who has Asperger's Syndrome, tries to live a "Very Ordered Existence," but disruptions begin when a boy and his father arrive in town and the youngster makes himself a part of the family.

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