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Nell's Quilt by Susan Terris
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Nov 04, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction-nonfiction, realistic-fiction

My notes: This book is about Nell. She is a young girl in high school and throughout the year something changes about her dramatically. As the book progresses, she becomes anorexic. Her health, studies, and soon-to-be husband all kind of fall apart. In the process she also loses her long time friend because she won't accept his help and she ignores his reaching out.

I would probably teach this book to eighth graders because there are some serious issues, but it is better if they learn them earlier in life. I think that girls would probably like this book better than boys because they can relate to Nell's problems, not all her problems, but some like not being able to fit in anywhere. After reading the book, students will problem research some more on some of the issues, like anorexia and life on a farm.

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message 1: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Lazar I agree. It is better for children to learn about serious issues earlier in life. Eating disorders have been around for a long time, and Nell is a perfect example. This does sound like a book that girls would appreciate more than boys.

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