96th out of 162 books — 96 voters
Signs & Wonders
Tucked away at boarding school, fourteen-year-old Taswell is undergoing an extraordinary transformation. She knows it's important, but she's not sure how to deal with it and who she should tell . . . certainly not her distant grandmother, who's busy with work, or her father, who has a new and pregnant wife. Isolated from friends and family, she looks for help and advice in...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 25th 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Kind of interesting. I did find that most of the characters were somewhat annoying, though the adults more so. Not that I'm excusing Taswell's behavior, but it's more understandable for a teen to be a brat than for adults to be utterly clueless and self-absorbed when it comes to taking care of a teenager they've known her entire life. It's kind of sad. The ending was nice, I suppose.
Pat Lowery Collins is the author of many acclaimed novels and picture books. She was inspired to write HIDDEN VOICES when she learned that Antonio Vivaldi wrote countless concertos to showcase the talents of orphan girls — and snare husbands for a lucky few. She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.More about Pat Lowery Collins...