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Publisher's Summary

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Debbie Pelbry wishes something would happen. So do her friends in their small hometown of Seldem. And things do happen: They meet new people (people with possibilities), they learn to do new things (like play the guitar or drive a car), and they spend time with one another (at picnics and pig roasts, on roofs and in driveways). In this lyrical, funny, and gentle novel, a group of teenagers begin to find themselves.

©2005 Lynne Rae Perkins (P)2005 Recorded Books and HarperCollinsPublishers

Critic Reviews

"Best of all are the understated moments, often private and piercing in their authenticity, that capture intelligent, likable teens searching for signs of who they are, and who they'll become." (Booklist)
"Young teens will certainly relate to the self-consciousnesses and uncertainty of all of the characters, each of whom is straining toward clarity and awareness." (School Library Journal)

What listeners say about Criss Cross

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eh

What did you like best about Criss Cross? What did you like least?

well what i liked about it that it had lots of detail but it just is so boring

What could Lynne Rae Perkins have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

make it more intresting

What about Danielle Ferland’s performance did you like?

idk

Did Criss Cross inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

so this book was k

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This book is just bad. It’s really boring. Nothing happens. Never. Ever
They whole book is like the middle between 2 events, exce[pt there’s no events ever.
Just really bad

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This is do good

This book has set me of guard
It is so fun and good
It is a master piece

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Criss Cross

Great narriator! Story brings me back to my High Schools days.

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This book had no plot. It sucked. Baddest book I have ever read. It was really bad

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A little slow

I ususally love the Newberrys, but this one was really slow. Nothing happens. Ever. Also, there are interesting illustrations in the book that are missed when listening to the audio version.