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by Lynne Rae Perkins  |  Grades: 4-6  |  Ages: 8-12 |  Lexile Level: 820

Criss-Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins Teacher Guide, Lesson Plans, Novel UnitAbout Criss-Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins

This winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal is a poignant coming-of-age story about a young girl and her friends whose paths cross--and stories criss cross--over one summer. Illustrated throughout with photos and illustrations by the author.

Debbie wished something would happen. Something good. To her. Checking her wish for loopholes, she found one. Hoping it wasn't too late, she thought the word soon.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, he felt as if the world was opening. Life was rearranging itself; bulging in places, fraying in spots. He felt himself changing, too, but into what?

So much can happen in a summer. 

Biographical Notes About Lynne Rae Perkins

Lynne Rae Perkins (1956 -   ) was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels--All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan. 

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