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A Place Called Ugly

3.47  ·  Rating Details ·  127 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
There's no reasoning with Owen.The island cottage where he and his family have spent the last ten summers "must" be preserved. And he's going to do it. Never mind that bulldozer stands outside, ready to move in and level the place for a modern hotel. Never mind that summer's over and Owen's family is hurrying to catch the last ferry -- or that school is starting -- or that ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by HarperCollins (first published 1981)
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Oct 18, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it
“Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
Dylan Thomas

Of course Dylan Thomas was raging against death but in this book, Owen is raging against having to grow up. Overtly, losing the house he's spent summer vacations in, but also losing his summers with family as his older siblings grow up and go their own ways. When he finds out that this is to be his last summer in the ugly old beach house his family has rented, he refuses to accept it. Staying on when th
Jun 13, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
I recently read the novel "A Place Called Ugly" by Avi. This story introduces us to fourteen year old Owen, who's summer vacation has come to a sad end for him. He and his family have stayed at a summer cottage on the beach for the past ten years. This house is very close to Owen. When he hears word that their beloved summer home is going to be demolished to make room for a hotel, Owen instantly makes up his mind that he won't let this happen. As he says, "Even if it was wrong to stay, I had to ...more
Jan 28, 2011 Simon rated it it was ok
This book was sweet, it showed how one boy is all it takes to preserve something that is close to his heart. I loved all the conflict that arose with the parents and the police officer and Terri's brother.

I was sad that Owen ended up blowing up his summer home so that the construction company wouldn't tear it down. Owen wanted to end it, not strangers who didn't understand the meaning that this house held for him.

However, Owen did that on his own will and terms, what I was really sad for was wha
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Nov 03, 2015 Anna Catherine rated it it was ok
The book was very tiresome to me. Owen, the main character, can't seem to let go of anything. I understand the difficulty in leaving behind something you love, but no one could even begin to reason with Owen. It was very childish of him, and not in a good way. Owen irritated me very much, and not in the way you're supposed to with fictional villains. He was so selfish and couldn't think of anyone else's well being. He couldn't see how he was the only one who couldn't let go of things. I didn't u ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Whitney rated it liked it
I couldn't decide whether or not Owen was selfish or audaciously courageous...or maybe both. I think that was part of the point of the story.

As usual, Avi's writing lays out the tale with the subtle power of simple things. This is the story of a teen's coming of age. As in many such stories fourteen-year-old Owen is forced to face the threshold of adulthood with the threatened life of a loved one. But this time the loved one in danger is the only place of permanence in Owen's life -- his family
Oct 15, 2010 Kelly rated it really liked it
I finally remembered the name of this book. I read it several years ago with Clayton, and I really liked it. It was a random book we checked out of the library one summer. I don't remember the details now, but I remember being moved by it. I think Clayton liked it, too. Avi has written around 60 books and has received awards for many of them. This story holds true to his great storytelling capabilities.
May 03, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was a kid, and didn't remember much of it, but have wanted to reread it for years, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. it's sorry, and didn't take place over very many days
but is a great story about growing up and learning to think outside yourself and consider more than just what you want or think.
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Feb 26, 2012 Laurie D'ghent rated it did not like it
I used to think Avi was the bomb, but his books about "coming of age" are just suckish. Of course, I generally hate "coming of age" books, but based on what he's written, he can do better than this. I read my history text rather than this.
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Jul 09, 2013 Aliya Kassam rated it did not like it
This is one of, if not the worst book, I've ever read.
Nov 12, 2010 Pandora rated it liked it
It was a well paced book. The characters were well drawn and very realitic. It did a good job showing the different points of view.
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Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.
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