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Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth

It’s the summer before 7th grade.  Spunky, headstrong Violet Raines plans to do what she always does; go to fish fries with her best friend Lottie, bike and explore with her friend Eddie, and watch the thunderstorms her sleepy town of Mitchell Hammock, Florida is famous for. But when new girl Melissa Gold shows up from Detroit, she threatens everything that Violet holds dear. Soon Lottie is more interested in soap operas and makeovers than swimming and alligator hunting. Despite Lottie’s attempts to bring the trio together, Violet and Melissa just can’t seem to get along. When lightning literally strikes, Violet must decide what’s more important: desperately clinging to the past or embracing changes for the future.

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning is a wonderfully sweet story about that precarious time between childhood and adolescence, growing up and the power of friendship.

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning by Danette Haworth
Juvenile fiction | 176 pages | August 2008 | Walker Children’s | 9780802797919 | Library copy

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