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The usual rules, Joyce Maynard

Label
The usual rules
Title
The usual rules
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Joyce Maynard
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It's a Tuesday morning in Brooklyn, a perfect September day. Wendy is heading to school, eager to make plans with her best friend, worried about how she looks, mad at her mother for not letting her visit her father in California, impatient with her little brother and with the almost too-loving concern of her jazz musician stepfather. She's out the door to catch the bus. An hour later comes the news: A plane has crashed into the World Trade Center. Her mother's building Through the eyes of thirteen-year-old Wendy, we gain entrance to the world rarely shown by those who documented the events of that one terrible day: a family's slow and terrible realization that Wendy's mother has died, and their struggle to go on with their lives in the face of crushing loss. Absent for years, Wendy's real father shows up without warning. He takes her back with him to California, where she re-invents a life that comes to include a teenage mother, living on her own in a one-room apartment with a TV set and not much else; her father's cactus-grower girlfriend, newly reconnected with the son she gave up for adoption twenty years before; a sad and tender bookstore owner who introduces her to the voice of Anne Frank and to his autistic son; and a homeless skateboarder, on a mission to find his long-lost brother. Over the winter and spring that follow, Wendy moves between the alternately painful and reassuring memories of her mother and the revelations that come with growing to know her real father for the first time. Pulled between her old life in Brooklyn and a new one three thousands miles away, Wendy is faced with a world where the usual rules no longer apply but eventually discovers a strength and capacity for compassion and survival that she never knew she possessed. At the core of the story is Wendy's deep connection with her little brother, back in New York, who is grieving the loss of their mother without her. This a story about the ties of siblings, about children who lose their parents, parents who lose their children, and the unexpected ways they sometimes find one another again. Set against the backdrop of global and personal tragedy, and written in a style alternately wry and heartbreaking, The Usual Rules is an unexpectedly hopeful story of healing and forgiveness that will offer readers, young and old alike, a picture of how, out of the rubble, a family rebuilds its life
Summary
After losing her mother in the September 11th attacks, young Wendy moves in with her father in California, where she meets her father's girlfriend and a sad bookstore owner while missing her half-brother back in New York
Award
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2004
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119226
Cataloging source
DLC
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1953-
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Maynard, Joyce
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
Interest level
Grades 9-12
LC call number
PS3563.A9638
LC item number
U7 2003
Literary form
fiction
Reading level
5.1
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
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  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks (2001)
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Mothers
  • Teenage girls
  • California
  • Fathers and daughters
  • Loss (Psychology)
  • Mothers
  • Teenage girls
  • California
  • New York (State)
Target audience
adult
Label
The usual rules, Joyce Maynard
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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
ocm50803433
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9780312242619
Lccn
2002036754
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)50803433
Label
The usual rules, Joyce Maynard
Link
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
ocm50803433
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
390 pages
Isbn
9780312242619
Lccn
2002036754
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)50803433

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