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The Resource Every little thing in the world, Nina de Gramont

Every little thing in the world, Nina de Gramont

Label
Every little thing in the world
Title
Every little thing in the world
Statement of responsibility
Nina de Gramont
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Before she can decide what do about her newly discovered pregnancy, sixteen-year-old Sydney is punished for "borrowing" a car and shipped out, along with best friend Natalia, to a wilderness camp for the next six weeks
Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2011
Review
  • Gr. 8-11 Critically acclaimed adult author de Gramont makes her YA debut in this novel of summer transformation. After 16-year-old Sydney learns that she is pregnant, she and her glamorous best friend, Natalia, try to track down the boy Sydney had sex with and end up in trouble with the police. Sydney keeps her secret from both her frustrated, divorced mother and her father, who ships her off to a Canadian summer camp. Natalia joins her, and as the girls paddle through the wilderness, they wrestle with Sydney’s options. Friction grows as Natalia speaks out against abortion and then begins a charged friendship with Mick, a troubled kid who uses the n-word and claims to have killed a man. The author writes with frank authenticity about teens: their inner and outer dialogues, their gradual self-awareness, and their puzzling choices, particularly about sex. The girls’ ultimate acceptance of Mick, for example, feels both realistic and unsettling. More than Sydney’s dilemma or the camp dynamics, though, it’s the parent-child relationships, both loving and fraught, that may resonate most with YAs. -- Engberg, Gillian (Reviewed 03-15-2010) (Booklist, vol 106, number 14, p38)
  • Gr 9 Up— Friends Sydney and Natalia, both 16, are sent to a wilderness camp to canoe the waters of northern Canada for six weeks. They have secrets: Sydney is pregnant, and Natalia has just found out that her older sister, Margit, is actually her biological mother. Other campers also have secrets. Brendan, a hot TV-soap star, is hiding his sexual orientation; and on a dare the gritty, tattooed Mick reveals that he killed a man. While the campers paddle, cook, and have adventures, Sydney ponders her predicament. She didn't have much of a relationship with the unborn child's father, and at one point during the trip she contemplates sleeping with a fellow camper to dupe him into paying for an abortion. After a night of drinking, she briefly considers a belly flop as the fix. Natalia recognizes the enormity of Margit's decision to give birth as a teenager, and she extracts a promise from Sydney that she will have the baby, assuring her that she will help, but the troubled teen must ultimately make her own decision. De Gramont introduces a lot of ancillary characters, and it's doubtful that readers will care about many of them, but the story moves along at a decent pace as it examines one teen's struggle to deal with an unplanned pregnancy.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School, Lancaster, PA --Patricia N. McClune (Reviewed April 1, 2010) (School Library Journal, vol 56, issue 4, p154)
  • Sixteen-year-old Sydney has just learned that a casual fling has left her pregnant (“I hadn't felt like I knew him well enough to remind him about the condom issue”). When Sydney's best friend Natalia steals her mother's car to take Sydney to confront the father, the girls are caught, and Sydney's father signs Sydney up for a one-month canoe trip to help her rethink her life's direction. And Sydney does plenty of thinking, even after Natalia finagles her way onto the wilderness trip, which comes with some physical and emotional highs and lows. Sydney's turmoil about the pregnancy (she's kept it from her parents and plans to have an abortion when she returns) is realistic and well plotted; she faces added pressure from Natalia who, after revelations about her own birth circumstances, partly sees herself in Sydney's baby. Sydney's complex relationships with her single mother and idealistic but distant father are authentic and poignant. In her first novel for teens, de Gramont ably captures Sydney's reflective journey from a passive girl to a young woman ready to make the biggest decision of her life. Ages 14–up. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed March 1, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 9, p54)
  • A deft and poignant exploration of reproductive choices. In spite of informative sex-education classes at her private school in New Jersey, 16-year-old Sydney Biggs gets pregnant with a boy she barely knows from a nearby, less-affluent town. Her best friend, the "lean, sleek, and raven-haired" Natalia Miksa, is the only one she tells. When the girls are caught by the police for ostensibly stealing Natalia's parents' car to sneak out to a party, Sydney's angry and worried mother sends her to live with her rigid (anti–processed-food) father, who thinks that a month at a wilderness adventure camp, canoeing on a lake in Ontario, will be good for her. She's part of a group of eight campers, including Natalia, a tattooed "Youth at Risk" and two young counselors. De Gramont's compelling coming-of-age story, often poetic, compassionately probes the dilemma of and complex choices surrounding Sydney's pregnancy. As told from Sydney's point of view in an authentic adolescent voice, her growing self-awareness of "what's discovered after losing your way" is both moving and hopeful. (Fiction. 14 & up) (Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2010)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
351260
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gramont, Nina de
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Ages 14 up
  • Young Adult
  • 870
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • UG
  • 9-12
LC call number
PZ7.G76564
LC item number
Ev 2010
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
  • 5.9.
  • 5.6.
  • 5.9
  • 5.6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • Accelerated Reader AR
  • Reading Counts RC
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Friendship
  • Camps
  • Wilderness areas
  • Pregnancy
  • Friendship
  • Camps
  • Wilderness areas
  • Camps
  • Friendship
  • Pregnancy
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Wilderness areas
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Every little thing in the world, Nina de Gramont
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn419817999
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781416980131
Lccn
2009040335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)419817999
Label
Every little thing in the world, Nina de Gramont
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn419817999
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781416980131
Lccn
2009040335
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)419817999

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