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Hippie Chick (2008)

by Joseph Monninger(Favorite Author)
3.74 of 5 Votes: 3
ISBN
1590785983 (ISBN13: 9781590785980)
languge
English
publisher
Front Street, Incorporated
review 1: This short book can be summed up as a mix of Hoot and Nim's Island type material. A 15 year old girl goes sailing, has an accident, gets saved by a manatee, lives on an island for a few days, and then gets rescued. She becomes famous after being video taped riding on a manatee which then she has things to say about them when she appears on tv talk shows.With it being a teen book the only drawback I could see is the relationship between the 15 year old and her 20 year old boyfriend. But that also can be positive as in the book nothing more than kissing takes place and the private togetherness comes toward the end but still no sex mentioned and is parent approved. The author handles this in a very good light I think. HE shows the mom's disapproval and then her approval once ... moreshe gets to know the boyfriend. Also, the two have a real cool relationship in that neither one shows the cligging, don't be with anyone else attitude. They sorta have an adult aspect about it. It also shows how she goes to college. That is a positive aspect also.Overall, a good book.
review 2: Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.comIf I heard someone else say this about a book, I would immediately roll my eyes and decide to skip reading it, but here goes ... HIPPIE CHICK is a beautiful book! Seriously, if you have a chance to read it, run, don't walk, and grab the chance. Lolly Emmerson is an independent fifteen-year-old who sets out for an evening sail in the Florida Keys. She leaves a note for her mother as her neighbor suggests and heads out in the small boat she has handled by herself on countless sails. This time events conspire against her when the boat hits some underwater wreckage, causing it to overturn. Lolly is thrown overboard with only her life vest for support. After hours of struggling and a bump against her leg that she is sure is a bull shark, Lolly manages to climb onto the floundering boat. Her fragile hold on the disabled craft doesn't last long, and she slips back into the water, and what she believes to be certain death. As Lolly beautifully relates her story, she describes the arrival of three manatees. One of the huge, gentle creatures allows her to cling to him as they make their way to a feeding area in a tiny mangrove bay. Lolly credits the manatees with her eventual survival, but once rescued, she finds it difficult to relate her curious adventure to news reporters and interested friends. Many authors of survivor tales focus on frightening, desperate attempts to beat nature and hang on until help arrives. Joseph Monninger tells this story in a different way. The focus is on the mysterious, sensitive side of nature. Lolly experiences a deep connection to her manatee rescuers that only she can understand. Monninger gives readers a wonderful peek into Lolly's emotional, life-changing experience. less
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AndreaSophy
Fast read. This is about manatees in Florida, if you are interested. NOT about hippies.
bratster
A great summer read. And, yes, it's sort of beautiful.
myanhenry
Ignore the misleading title. Rescue manatees!
hanliming
this was a fun and quick read.
ZIPPY
So far, good.
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