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Turns on a dime
Lawson, Julie, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Toronto : Stoddart Kids, [1998]

Physical Description:
173 pages ; 20 cm
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.7 5.0 35354.

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X Young Adult Mass Market Paperback Central Closed Stacks

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Jo's world is spinning too fast. She's so far out of it she might as well be in orbit with that new Russian satellite, Sputnik. Her best friends have left her behind. All they care about is Elvis, rock n' roll, and boys. And Mack, her wonderful, loyal, beautiful friend Mack, has used her friendship terribly. If it wasn't for Michael, the new boy on her street, Jo wouldn't have a freind in the world. But when faced with a choice between Jo and the cool crowd, will Michael stand up to her? Something like terror tells her what the answer is.

The worst is yet to come. When Jo accidentally learns a carefully kept secret, nothing is the same--not even herself. Feeling betrayed by everyone, it takes near crisis, a special family story, and a mysterious goldstone necklace to guide Jo to acceptance and the future that is hers.

Although Turns on a Dime stands perfectly on it's own, it is Part Two of the Goldstone trilogy. Look to Goldstone and find out more about the pendant and the people who have worn it.

Reviews 1

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8In this sequel to Goldstone (Stoddart, 1998), set in British Columbia, a family heirloom is passed from one generation to the next. Jo, 11, feels out of sync. Her classmates are swooning over Elvis and boys, and her beloved baby-sitter, Mack, is absorbed in romance. Jo finds solace in friendship with a new boy in her neighborhood whose humor, interests, and anxieties seem to match hers until peer pressure threatens to pull them apart. Jos world turns upside down when she learns that Mack is pregnant, and then Mack tells Jo that she is adopted. In shock and anger, Jo rejects her friend and her devoted parents and flees in distress to her grandparents. They comfort her with their own stories of harsh family realities and tragedies and encourage her to treasure the relationships that have brought her happiness. From her deceased aunt, Jo inherits the goldstone pendant that links her to her adopted family and the past. Numerous references to the 1950s add to the setting and give a historical framework to the story. The solid characterization, well-paced plot, and Jos journey of discovery will appeal to readers. Jo is markedly naive and impetuous in keeping with the conservative but changing tenor of the times. While the mystique of the goldstone pendant continues from the first novel, Turns on a Dime can stand alone as a complete, satisfying coming-of-age story.Gerry Larson, Durham Magnet Center, Durham, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.