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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.

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Hardcover, 223 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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On a small planet, where minute follows minute, day follows day, year follows year, where tradition marches on with a deafening, orderly beat – sometimes the order is disturbed by a dreamer, an artist, a scribbler – sometimes the beat is changed one person at a time.

Scribbler of Dreams is one of those few books that I was able to read in one sitting… UNPUTDOWNABLE! It made me feel a mixture of emotions from anger to sadness back to rage and ultimately resolve. Mary E. Pearson’s writing is execep
Good Lord, where do I begin???

This is hands down one of the worst YA books of all time. The plot is a rip-off of Romeo and Juliet, which was not a turn off at all and was probably the number one reason I decided to read this. Big mistake because Pearson relied so heavily on R&J that she failed to really set up any kind of plot that makes sense. The story starts off with Kaitlin Malone telling us, "I hate the Crutchfields." The Crutchfields being the family of her Romeo, a young lad named Br
I'm really glad this was not the first "Pearson" book I'd ever read. I don't know based on this one, if I would have read any of the others. I would have missed out on "Jenna Fox" (and The Miles Between, but it wasn't my favorite either). I'm beginning to wonder if she wasn't just a one hit wonder.....

"Scribbler" borrowed just a little bit much from "Romeo and Juliet." It was un-original and un-compelling. All the twists and turns were very obvious. The characters were not very likeable. The lov
Oct 24, 2008 Taquisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: book-club
I really really really enjoyed this book! The book was kind of a romance book, but it also had a bit of mystery to it. I loved how the author made up the story of how they met, and that they both were artists of some kind. It was really cool that Bram and Kaitlin connected in that way. I think others would enjoy the book "Scribbler of Dreams" because it is a story about two lovers who in the end try to bring their two different families together.
I really enjoyed this book. It is mainly about a teenage girl and this boy she met at school and about their relationship. This was a great book and I think just about everybody would like this book.
Sara ♥
The story was very Romeo & Juliet. Complete with cathartic ending. I can't remember all the details, but I remember thoroughly enjoying it.
This book is Amazing to say the least. I read this book 2 years ago and the plot is etched in my brain. I remember reading this book and staying up just to finish it. The book itself, I couldn't put down and the next day, going to school with bags on my eyes, I went to the library to check out another book by Mary Pearson and they didn't have any.

This book reminds me a lot of Romeo and Juliet. Two families: The Crutchfields and The Malones, sworn enemies, countless arguments, and a continued hat
Brianna Warnick
the only plot is the romance. When there were other conversations, or activities the main character was doing, it was just summed up really quick in a paragraph. So you didn't get to know other characters. It also seems like rushed romance. She saw him, they talked like twice then were suddenly "in love". her friend said she "had the hots" for him. and she says "no it's not like that its REAL". which sounds so lame! because the only reason she did start hanging out with him is because he was hot ...more
Maggie Crutchfield makes one small mistake, having a baby without the presence of a husband,and her sister Amanda Crutchfield Malone absolutely shuns her and refuses to ever speak to Maggie again. This is how the Crutchfields and Malones began to hate each other and create their feud. Five generations later Kaitlin Malone and her sister, Abby, are starting a new high school with their mother's maiden name, Hampton. This school just so happens to be owned by the very wealthy Crutchfield family. T ...more
Kaylynne Spauls
The very first time I read this book I ordered it from a book fair when I was in middle school. I have reread it more times than I can count since, and it was one of the first stories I was so desperate to finish I did almost nothing else.
No, the story is not original, but guess what? It says that it's a Romeo and Juliet tale on the back of the friggin book. What are you expecting? So amazing new tale that's never been done? So NO, do not go into this book thinking it's going to have a bunch of
I totally fell in love with Scribbler of Dreams. I don't know if I would say it's a Romeo and Juliet type story (even though it is), but the family feud reminded me more of the Hatfields and McCoys with a love story. Either way, it was amazing.

Kait Malone hates the Crutchfields for everything they've done. She's forced to transfer to a Crutchfield school, Twin Oaks. There, she meets Bram, the quiet artist who has an eye for beauty. The only drawback? Bram's name is Crutchfield.

It was so adorable
GOSH!! I just bought this book yesterday - september 25,2011 - and I was surprised to myself that I actually had finished this book today! I love the story.. super love.. the story is really fascinating about family, hate, love, lies, and regret.. this book only shows that love can conquers everything even a generation "hate" of two families.. reading this, I felt like I had also felt every feeling of Kaitlin Malone.. I was tickled in pink,I laughed, I feel nervous, and I cry!! yes, I cry... It' ...more
Katelin Malone has been trained since birth to hate the Crutchfield family. However, when her father ends up in jail for a murder he did not commit, she doesn't have to rely on her years of training to hate them anymore.... Until Bram Crutchfield comes along and changes everything for her. Now she's torn between a love she's not supposed to feel, and a past she doesn't know if she believes in any more.

I picked this book up at the Scholastic Warehouse sale for $1 and that's the only reason I boug
The trope behind the romance itself isn't unique - in fact, there's something like this in a Sammy Keyes book - but the insights it illuminates are, in a word, amazing.
This book is geared toward a much younger audience. Kimberly had just finished reading it so I picked it up and ended up reading it too. Two HS Seniors meet and fall in love. The problem is their families have disliked each other for generations. This book is about opening your mind enough to see beyond your own point of view to trying to understand anothers. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is quoted before the story even begins as saying, "If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we shoul ...more
Maggie V
A retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" staring the Hatfields and McCoys (or at least Malones and Crutchfields in this book). A decent retelling and Kaitlin and Bram seem to know each other even though there is some "love at first sight" going on. The only problem I had was the ending. It was too neatly done and not all of my questions were directly answered. I think I would have prefered a blow-out fight (verbal of course) between the families to see who was telling the truth and who was lying (there ...more
Sep 03, 2009 lianna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to lianna by: My friend(:
My friend lent me this book to read back in November or 2008. I never read it because I'm not very big on romances. But I read the back last night and got somewhat interested. I read it and quickly became amazed by this book. It's a romance but not the typical type. Kait has a huge hate for his family and Bram has a hate for her own. So she hides her identity from him. They fall in love. But all this time she's been feeding him lies and pretending to be somebody that she is not. And when he find ...more
I must say, Mary E Pearson’s story Scribbler of Dreams was not bad at all. I have never read a real romance novel before, and I wasn't disappointed. The story revolves around 17 year old Kaitlin Malone, a girl who’s full of tragic family back story: The Malones and the Crutchfields have hated each other for generations. And if things couldn't get worse, she falls deeply in love with the talented Bram Crutchfield, who’s dad was murdered by her own father. To prevent losing Bram, she keeps her fam ...more

I really enjoyed this book! It's not just about the relationship between the main character and the boy she loves and how she feels about him and herself when she's with him. It's about the depth of the hatred between the two families and the consequences of generational hatred and revenge.
First non-school assigned book I ever read. I picked it up on a whim when the annul mobile library came to our school. This book marked my love for storytelling. I've read it countless times and remains one of my favorite books to this day. Highly recommend.
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Aug 22, 2014 Marissa rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dramatic naive preteens
Recommended to Marissa by: my younger self, who I am now convinced was on crack
I read this book for the first time when I was in 8th grade. I apparently loved it, and kept my fond feeling for this book with me for years. Okay, so I found this book at a garage sale, and was absolutely excited to read it again. My thoughts upon reading this book for the second time represent how drastically someone can change and grow. I read this book with a permanent feeling of rolling my eyes at the entire situation. It was as if everything that I now hate about books was rolled up into a ...more
Cass Jean
I love this book. It's super angst but I still fell head over hills for this book. I had read this in middle school and didn't know a lot about love, only from what I seen in the movies. Come to think of it I believe this was my first romance novel. It tells the story of two teens that fall in love but their families don't get along. Sound familiar? The couple oozed chemistry and the climax of the story had me going nuts! And the ending...sigh. It's not a masterpiece but a sweet little story abo ...more
I was intrigued to read this awhile ago when I saw it in my school's library. Over the school year I have read a little of it but it wasn't until recently that I checked it out of the library.
Kaitlin Malone has hated the Crutchfield's her whole life. Them and their lies were what put her father in jail. Forced to go to public school because her mother can no longer afford to pay the tuition for her and her sister's private school, Katlin's life is turned upside down. When Katlin meets Bram, a
Scibbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson is a book about a girl named Kaitlin whose family dislikes another family. Kaitlin's family are the Malones and the other family are the Crutchfields. The two families dislike each other because Kaitlin's dad killed the father of the Crutchfields. Kaitlin's dad goes to jail and the Malone family is having trouble getting by and paying bills. Kaitlin and her sister go to a community high school owned by the Crutchfields. Kaitlin and her sister had to change ...more
Liz Dunn
Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson is a book I stumbled upon in a used bookstore in Idaho Falls, and it has become one of my favorite. It's about a girl who is about seventeen years old, kaitlin Malone, who has switched her high school to the "rich" side of town and hates every second of it. She hates it until she meets a boy by the name of Bram Crutchfield. Technically, she is at the "enemy" high school. Her rival family owns the land it's on, the land that Kaitlin's and Bram's fathers foug ...more
The Malones and the Crutchfeilds hate each other. Always have, always will. So, when Kaitlyn Malone's dad gets sent to prison for manslaughter - which was totally an accident, but the Crutchfields don't believe that - Kait's mom can't afford to send Kait and her sister to their expensive private school.

She has to send them to Twin Oaks - on Cruthfield property. Kait's mom enrolls them under Hampton, her maiden name, so no one will hate them.

But when Kait falls in love with a Crutchfield - who d
As my rating says, this was a "nice, entertaining read", and I couldn't put it down not knowing what the resolution might be.
It was interesting to see how even the smallest lie could get into something really big, and I felt sorry for Kaitlin because indeed the truth was not better than all those lies - so I could feel her struggle.

I kept asking myself what would I do in a similar situation (assuming that I could get somehow into this kind of trouble), and the truth is that I don't know.. I wou
Scribbler of Dreams is a book that I had to read for 9th grade Honors English. At the end of 8th grade, we were given a packet with lists of books to choose from and instructions for projects for our summer reading. I originally didn't know what book to pick from the list because I wasn't into reading at all, but my cousin had to do the same thing for summer reading when she was entering 9th grade. She had Scribbler of Dreams and told me she really loved it and that I should give it a try, so I ...more
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I suppose I have always been enamored with story and character. My mother tells me I could be the most annoying little kid, waking up each day as a new character. Every morning she would have to ask me "who" I was for that day, because unless properly addressed I refused to answer anyone.

One time when I was about four years old, my parents were out shopping at Sears. They each thought the other h
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