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Flip-Flop Girl

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  360 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Sometimes only a true friend can help you put your life back together.Vinnie Matthews needs a real lifesaver - one that will bring her father back to life and let her family go home. Living with Grandma means having to be responsible for her little brother, Mason, who refuses to speak, and ignoring the kids who ask why he's so crazy. Then Vinnie meets Lupe, the mysterious ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Turtleback Books (first published March 1st 1994)
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Tristan Vinnie. Flip Flop Girl is actually a really good book, in my opinion anyways. I can relate to the story by them kids losing their daddy, because I…moreVinnie. Flip Flop Girl is actually a really good book, in my opinion anyways. I can relate to the story by them kids losing their daddy, because I lost my daddy. The way the girl handled it was completely normally for a kid who lost a parent. The author had so much detail in the story also. The book was just good in generally. The only bad part was how the little girl had to watch over and pretty much take care of her brother while she was going to school. Also having to help her mom to that wasn’t really that good.(less)
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Oct 16, 2012 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book for kids is about siblings who recently lost their father. Little Mason refuses to talk and older Vinnie is supposed to "help" her mother as they move into Grandmom's house, start at a new school and meet new friends. I can't really say what the point of this books is. That the kids were disturbed? That no one ever seemed to talk to Vinnie? That Grandmom and mom were both bullies and only seemed to care for Mason's problems? That the only adult nice to Vinnie ended up being the target ...more
Chloey Jones
A tale of a young girl, Vinnie, struggles to cope after her father passing away. Vinnie experiences much difficulty in being told to pack up and move to a boring, small little town. The only thing that seemed to go right in her life was the stunning features and tender heart of her beloved new teacher. When not day dreaming of their future together, Vinnie was tied up trying to handle her chaotic and speechless little brother. In a build up of fury and stress Vinnie releases her tension by rebe ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrenslit
I like going through library bookshelves and discovering tucked away gems, such as Katherine Paterson's Flip-flop Girl. Even though this novel is not as well known as Bridge to Terabithia or Lyddie, this story stands out. Told from the perspective of Vinnie Matthews, a young girl that has just lost her father to cancer, we see her not only struggle with his death, but also reluctantly adjust to a new school. None of these situations are easy, so one feels immediately sympathetic for Vinnie's pli ...more
Sreya Rajesh
Apr 05, 2016 Sreya Rajesh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young girl's life changes when her father dies of cancer. Her mother cannot afford the rent alone so they move from Washington to a small town in Virginia with their grandmother. Vinnie has to go to a new school, in a new town, with no friends, goofy clothes and is responsible for her little brother Mason who is nothing but trouble. Lupe, the mysterious "flip- flop girl" might be just the friend she needs, if only Vinnie can ignore the rumors about her past. The book deals with the issue of an ...more
Lisa Rathbun
This was a great book, even though it made me cry. Within the first four pages, I thought the narrator was mean and selfish, although I also knew she was hurting. As the story goes on, I felt her anger, her pain, her loneliness and her insecurity. Her fluctuating feelings seemed very appropriate for a grieving fourth-grade girl. Any future teacher ought to read this book to gain insight on how a 4th grader might think and to be inspired to be the caring, involved teacher that Mr. Clayton was (an ...more
Ms. Rose
Jun 26, 2014 Ms. Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was phenomenal. I absolutely loved the complexity of every single character in this book and what's more is that these complexities are written in a way that students who read this book could also recognize these authentic nuances. It does take place in the past so there is a need to prepare students for this but the book confronts the timeless issues of death, family, grief, heartbreak, and belonging in a heartwarming way that can be appreciated by all.
Christina Krake
This was definitely not the best book ever written, but it has points which can be deemed worthy of reading. It has good themes of pre-teen/self discovery, sibling rivalry, and friendship.

In a brief look, Vinnie Mathews and he mother and brother move to live with her grandmother after her father passes away. While trying to fit in she develops her first crush.
Jan 05, 2015 Elise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in 3rd or 5th grade. It was the first book I could picture in my mind. A very good book.
Sep 20, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I quick read for a Saturday morning. A bit heartrending, but as good as I expected.
Feb 21, 2011 Mommywest rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vinnie is trying to adjust to life after her father's passing. She, her mother, and her brother must move to their grandmother's home across the country. As she starts life in a new school and a new environment, Vinnie also finds herself responsible for her brother, who refuses to speak and is suffering from behavior problems. Vinnie really needs someone that understands what she's going through, but can she look past rumors and see people for who they really are? Katherine Paterson has created ...more
Dec 15, 2009 Hli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the book called "The Flip Flop Girl" and the main character is Vinnie. She having a problem because she's already dealing with the death of her father and her mom is forcing her and her brother to go live in Virginia with her grandma. I feel bad for Vinnie because she's not going to be living with her mother anymore. I wonder do she meet any new friends at her new school. I wonder would she miss her mom and wanting to go back. Would her mother ever come back and visit them at all, or ...more
Miss Blake
Apr 20, 2013 Miss Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Patterson has done it again in this sweet easy read about judging others. Great for middle schoolers this book brings up ideas about perceptions versus reality (what do you think you know based on rumors and what do you really know?), the power of kindness, and growing up. Vinnie and her family have to move after the sudden death of her father and she finds solace in her teacher, Mr. Clayton. She meets Lupe, the school outcast, and must decide to listen to her heart or to the voices of ...more
Mar 19, 2009 Noel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 1996
review from 1996:

"This book was extremely depressing, full of bad feelings, anger, grief, hate, and frustration.
Vinnie and her family move to live with their grandmother in a tiny town in Virginia. Vinny desperately tries to get her brother to say one word, get the attentions of her favorite handsome teacher, endure her plasticky grandma, and control her feelings of grief and longing for her father who recently died of cancer."
May 19, 2009 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
The Katherine Paterson books I've read seem pretty intense for kids...I found it a little painful and uncomfortable to read this book following the confused emotions of a girl whose father has just died, whose brother has stopped talking or eating, who feels neglected and misunderstood by everyone except her fourth-grade teacher--but is haunted by jealousy whenever the teacher pays special attention to anyone else.
Aug 24, 2008 Hedap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am delving into juvenile literature, and enjoyed this story. I felt it missed the mark of being a great book but it an excellent read. What initially drew me to the book was the visual I had of a kid that wasn't just poor, but also maybe neglected. I particularly liked how the author has the main character Vinnie experience and express her emotions of sadness and anger over the death of her father.
Courtney Bowman
This book has a touching story. A young girl and her brother moved schools and are having a hard time making new friends. The "flip flop girl" is not the main character, it is actually a young girl that is a little different than other children.

This book would be good for any young girl that is having trouble making friends and meeting others.
Mar 09, 2010 Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
I remember having really intense feelings about this book but can't remember if I loved/hated it... I'm leaning more towards "loved, but it was too depressing for that already depressing time in my life, so I can't remember and didn't want to reread"?
Sep 19, 2013 Jamies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this was a very ... interesting book. It's not my favorite type of book, because it was too short and longer books tend to have more detail which i like but I would recommend it.
Nov 27, 2008 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good Katherine Paterson reading. She does a great job with creating a character that the reader simultaneously feels empathy for and disgusted with.
Jul 31, 2013 Kelli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 * really. A solid story about a nine year old girl's journey from anger and pain to finding she has people to hold on to after her father's death.
Fiona O'brien
This is an interesting book. It's pretty short which is nice, it's appropriate, but the story line is kinda wierd...
May 26, 2014 Dillon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Like some of Patterson's other books, it's very intense, but it was wonderful to read.
don't believe in rumers and start not lking some one because of the rumers you hear.
Jamie Leeper
Oct 02, 2011 Jamie Leeper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. very interesting story. A short book and quick to read.
May 05, 2009 Jennifer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
chapter book 5th grade and up. Like many of Patterson's book, poignant.
its terrible!!!!!!!!!! to me it was the most boring book on earth!
Teresa Lansford
Good, but a little too sad at times. Hard to read about so much hurt.
May 09, 2015 Jeneé rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
Thought this was really boring when I was younger.
Another Katherine Paterson book made me cry. I was overdue.
Jul 04, 2008 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pre teens
Recommended to Amanda by: Kyl;ie
Yes it's book for 9-10 year olds, but I read it twice.
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