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Step on a Crack

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  61 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Step on a crack, break your mother's back

Sarah has a super mom. In fact, she has just about everything a girl could ask for: looks, brains, popularity, a happy home and plenty of spending money. So why does she dream of murdering her mother?

The nightmare is always the same. And it's so strong it holds her in its grip throughout the next day until she is driven to steal som
Mass Market Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1978)
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Sep 05, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read
The first time I read this was in 1985 or 86, and it stuck with me so much that I had to hunt it down and reread it. I've done this with a few books, and while I still thought the story was wonderfully laid out, knowing exactly where it was going took a lot out of it. However, the fact that after 25 years I vividly remembered exactly where it was going, almost every twist and turn, from having read it when I was in 6th grade has to be some sort of a testament to just how much the book took hold. ...more
Sep 17, 2011 AudioBookFans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing audiobook! Step on a Crack by Mary Anderson was originally published in 1978 by Atheneum Books and is making a comeback after the recent audio production by Iambik Audio.

This novel opens the flood gates into the mind of a teenage girl with a dark past. Sarah lives a wonderful life with her parents and only has two secrets. She has horrible nightmares about murdering her mother and after the nightmares, she steals. Nothing important, nothing fancy. The items Sarah “has” to steal t
Jan 17, 2012 Papercuts1 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Xe Sands and BECAUSE of Xe Sands. After tweeting back and forth with her for a while, I was curious to listen to a full book carried by her exceptional voice.

The story itself is interesting: A teenage girl troubled by a recurring, frightening nightmare which she tries to figure out with a smart, over-ambitious classmate instead of seeking professional help. The book is a warning of amateur psychology, and I also see it as encouragement for troubled youths
Feb 06, 2012 MissSusie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This one grabbed me from the first sentence, “Does a person know when they are going crazy?” Sarah thinks that because she keeps having nightmares about killing her mother but her nightmares have elements of Alice in Wonderland to them, every time she has these nightmares she shoplifts something the next day and now she is also sleepwalking. The dreams themselves were interesting to me of how your subconscious uses something familiar like the Alice in Wonderland story to try to help you deal wit ...more
Oct 13, 2013 Heidi rated it liked it
I read this at least half a dozen times when I was a kid. I recently saw the audio version offered super-cheap on Amazon so I decided to revisit the old days.

This is a teenage psychological thriller, a bit dated now. Sarah adores her mother, but all her life she's had dreams where her mother dies--by Sarah's own hand. The dreams are accompanied by bizarre behaviour: after she has one of the dreams Sarah has to shoplift. Normally a well-behaved kid, Sarah hates the shoplifting and is troubled by
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Nov 01, 2011 Julie S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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While the big secret was predictable, this was an enjoyable mystery about the girl's past and the details were pretty interesting.
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Feb 06, 2015 Toni Williams rated it it was amazing
This book helped me through my mom's death and fueled my love for Alice in wonderland. It also spiked my interest in psychology. I lost a lot of my favorite books when moving from family to family as a kid and I forgot the title and author of this book. It took a few years of searching to find this book and all I needed was the Aunt's name and the Alice in Wonderland reference to find it. So glad I did!
Sep 17, 2015 Layne added it
I first read this, probably when it came out in 1978, and found it again. The story actually keeps up with the times, and it's interesting to see how things have changed as far as kids having personal freedom. Kids could leave for the day, WITHOUT AN ADULT OR A CELL PHONE, and would actually make it home alive!
Lisa Houlihan
There's this thing called the Internet now, and I looked up the fenced-in grave. The Amiable Child Monument does exist (
Jun 08, 2009 Kerry rated it liked it
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I read this back when I was in elementary school. Then a couple weeks ago someone on "what was that book" jogged my memory and I decided I wanted to read it again. Fairly interesting, a little dated. I guess it's interesting and scary to a kid, but to me as a grownup it was just OK.
May 06, 2012 Tara rated it it was amazing
I just remembered this book which I read many years ago and I loved it. I actually would read it again. I forget when I exactly read it but I think I was in high school or shortly thereafter.
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Jul 06, 2013 Asra Nolan rated it it was amazing
Read this when I in Junior High and did a book report on it it is a very good book.
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Nostalgia from my childhood.
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Born in 1939, Mary Anderson is an American author of mystery novels for children and young adults.
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