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3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Can the truth thaw Chrissa's frozen heart?
It's been three years since Chrissa's father walked out of her life. Too angry even to speak to her mother, Chrissa is obsessed with finding the answers to her questions: Why did her father leave? Why does she never hear from him? And is it somehow her fault, for not being the daughter he wanted her to be?
Now, unable to deal with
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published 1995)
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Mar 04, 2014 Gayle rated it really liked it
Chrissa's emotions have turned to ice since her father disappeared from her life three years ago. At 13 she is having trouble getting along with her mother, so her mom sends her to her Gram's house to live for summer and the following school year. Chrissa is desperate to find her father and solve the mystery that surrounds him. As she digs for the answers a number of other things happen in her life to help her find out where she fits in in this universe. Nature plays a big roll, too. This is suc ...more
May 11, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it
Can life be any more challenging for thirteen-year-old Chrissa Jennings? Her parents' divorce has left her hurt, angry, and lonely. Her father appears to have abandoned her; her mother gives no explanation for the absence of Nick Jennings whom Chrissa has not seen in three years.

Chrissa has an icy relationship with her mother and refuses to talk to her; consequently, mother sends Chrissa to live with her paternal grandmother. County life with Gram is different from life in New York City. Gram's
May 20, 2016 Tatumn rated it liked it
Expected something a bit more exciting from the summary on the back, but a good book nonetheless. More of a coming-of-age drama than a thriller.
Jun 22, 2015 Shi'Asia rated it it was ok
Shelves: childhood-books
I have a paper stating I read this book. but I honestly don't remember it. I might just have to re-read this one since the reviews are so great.
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Oct 30, 2015 Lynette Diaz rated it really liked it
I read this in middle school and only remember parts of it. I remember liking it quite a bit and being very intrigued.
Jan 04, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it
Chrissa's father is gone, and she has no idea where he is. She hasen't seen him in three years, and her mother refuses to talk about it. Chrissa withdraws into herself, and her mother sends her from her home in New York City, to her grandmother's home outside of Rochester, NY. There Chrissa finds out about her father, and she finds what it feels like to be needed and loved. Within this she reconnects with both her parents and makes friends outside her immediate family.
Jul 30, 2016 Regan rated it really liked it
I read this book I believe a year or two ago. I was really interested in reading it again because of the lesson behind it. It's an easy and fast contemporary that teachers readers that we have to decide eventually how we feel about ourselves- despite what those we admire may think of us.
May 08, 2008 Sam added it
I like beacuse it is about a girl how father just left 2 yrs ago and then sent to her grams. And about what her father and help save grams money from evil women and her nephew.
May 31, 2009 Kristiina rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It is the best YA book I think I've ever read. I couldn't put it down. I could really relate to the connection to nature.
Jun 26, 2011 Rhiannon rated it really liked it
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About a girl who's been mad for 3 years, and when she's sent to live with her grandmother, the ice melts away.
Jan 23, 2009 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
I remember actually pulling this book from the shelf at Lehi Elemantary. Very good book.
Nov 15, 2012 Jessie rated it liked it
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I cannot get into Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's novels like I can with her Alice books.
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Jan 29, 2013 Trish Farley rated it it was amazing
All time favorite book; this is the book that made me fall in love with reading.
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This book so far is really good. Although it is very sad
Sep 02, 2010 Ivie rated it really liked it
i loved this boook!!!!
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Great book!
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo
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