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Scribbler of dreams
Pearson, Mary (Mary E.)
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First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt, [2001]

Physical Description:
223 pages ; 22 cm
Despite her family's long feud with the Crutchfields, seventeen-year-old Kaitlin falls in love with Bram Crutchfield and weaves a tangled web of deception to conceal her identity from him.
Reading Level:
640 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.6 8.0 46853.

Reading Counts RC High School 5.1 14 Quiz: 28393 Guided reading level: NR.
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Kaitlin Malone has been raised to hate the Crutchfields, relatives the Malones have feuded with for as long as Kaitlin can remember. This legacy of hatred has never been questioned--until Kaitlin meets a boy and begins to fall in love with him before she discovers that he is a Crutchfield . . . and the son of the man her father has gone to prison for killing.
To give the relationship a chance, Kaitlin lies about her identity. But what was supposed to be one temporary untruth leads to yet another, and soon she finds herself tangled in a complicated web of deceit. In the course of her deception, she discovers an even bigger lie: The Crutchfields are not the monsters her family has always portrayed them to be. When Maggie Crutchfield, the matriarch who started the feud, reaches out from the past to right a wrong, she offers Kaitlin a legacy worth holding on to-if she can.

Author Notes

Award-winning young adult author, Mary E. Pearson, was born in 1955 in Southern California. She earned a BFA from Long Beach State University in art and received her teaching credentials from San Diego State University.

Mary's books include David v. God, Scribbler of Dreams, A Room on Lorelei Street, which won the 2006 Golden Kite Award for fiction, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award, The Miles Between, The Fox Inheritance, and Fox Forever. She is also the author of The Remnant Chronicles, which includes the books: The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Fans of angst-laden teen romance will be glued to this weepy tale of love and deception. The struggling Malones and the prosperous Crutchfields have hated each other for four generations. With her father serving time for manslaughter after the death of Robert Crutchfield, Kaitlin Malone hotly carries on the family tradition--until she finds out that new classmate Bram, with whom she's fallen madly in love, is Crutchfield's son. Frantic to keep the equally smitten Bram from finding out who she is, Kaitlin concocts an intricate web of lies and stratagems, ruthlessly banking on a friend's good nature and even submitting to blackmail--while agonizing at length, in and out of her trusty journal, over her perfidy. Neither characters nor incidents offer any distracting complexities, and when Kaitlin's secret comes out in (inevitably) the worst possible way, Bram buries the hatchet soon enough. Empty calories? Perhaps. Irresistible to its intended audience? Absolutely. --John Peters

Publisher's Weekly Review

Drawing on the all-too-familiar theme of young lovers from warring families, Pearson (David v. God) recounts the relationship between Kaitlin, a high school senior who keeps a journal, and her more well-to-do artist-boyfriend, Bram. Borrowed diaries reveal to Kaitlin that the two California families are related five generations back, when two sisters became estranged as the result of a marital infidelity. More recently, Kaitlin's father is accused of killing Bram's father, perhaps accidentally, in a feud over rights to their neighboring properties and, further straining credibility, Kaitlin manages to win Bram over by concealing her identity. The whole maudlin tale is never fully sorted out and, in a highly unlikely denouement, Kaitlin gives a confused speech to her class about escaping the past and being honest. This seems to win back Bram, who says, "I never did care much for history." The story also suffers from repetitiveness (readers are reminded many times that Kaitlin is a "proud Malone") and the writing is filled with platitudes and clich‚d writing ("my footsteps kept time with my beating heart"). Heavy on formula, it seems more like a romance novel than a trenchant adolescent love story. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 8 Up-Romeo and Juliet meet the Hatfields and the McCoys in a story that manages to remain engaging despite the predictability of its plot. Kaitlin Malone and Bram Crutchfield come from two very different worlds. Kaitlin's family are farmers and Bram's are developers; her family scrapes by making ends meet, while his family has the best that money can buy; and her father is in prison for killing his father. When these two meet and fall in love under false pretenses, it's up to Kaitlin to look to the future and do her best to change the past. Mary E. Pearson's story (Harcourt, 2001) seems a bit dated, with Bram using a pager and the lack of cell phones. While this sounds like a small detail, it stands out because of its effect on the plot line. Kate Rudd is a fantastic narrator, brilliantly conveying the characters' emotions. However, her flat Michigan accent does not evoke the California coast where the story is set.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.