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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  24 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Twelve year-old Dot is not a dancer, but after her mother’s sudden and senseless death, she finds herself dancing on the edge…of everything. After her whole world unravels in seconds, Dot is propelled on a voyage to discover the meaning of her past, and of her mother’s greatest gift to her.

With all familiar anchors swept away, Dot’s trip becomes a struggle between finding
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Published 2014 (first published June 3rd 2011)
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Danielle
Feb 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, mg
The first book I bought for my Kindle.
Jen Gilbert
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet tale. The young Dot has quite the adventure after her mother dies and your heart can just ache for this little girl as she grieves her Thea and BT life, but then learns to cope with and enjoy AT life with her Aunt Tab and the help of some gifted writers she was named for. As a Seattle local, I loved reading about places I knew in the beginning. And to learn more about some famous strong female authors and their history, was just fascinating. Great read from Kit Bakke.
Jennifer
Nov 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Journey of Discovery and Healing

When Dot's mother dies in a tragic accident witnessed by the twelve-year old, the world becomes a place of fear and loneliness. Then bossy Aunt Tab steps in to whisk Dot to the UK, for her own good.

They travel across England to discover more about the lives of the three women Dot's mother holds dear, historical figures that inspired her to name Dot in the first place. The fears and bloody images that haunt Dot's every waking thought remain, but the pace of disc
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Cindy Hudson
Twelve-year-old Dot is grieving from her mother’s sudden death when her Aunt Tab decides that the two of them need to travel from their home in Seattle to England. Dot would prefer to stay locked safely inside her home, but Aunt Tab believes she needs a change of location to help her focus on something other than her grief.

Dot soon discovers that England is not a random destination choice. It turns out her mother named her—Dorothy Mary Jane—after three well known literary women: Dorothy Wordswor
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Deyanne
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adolescent
I generally score a book high. I feel generous with a 3 on this book. There was a creative premise of a twelve year old girl struggling with the sudden death of her mother. Her rather quacky aunt takes her on a trip to London to learn more about the importance of her names: Dorothy Mary-Jane. Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen all magically come alive in the book and Dot is able to listen in to their conversations. She gradually starts to heal by learning about the importanc ...more
J.L.
Oct 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read. I think that it fits its YA reader audience, though there might be some explaining to do.

When Dot loses her mother in a tragic accident, her Aunt Tab shows up and drags her off to England in search of the women writers Dot's mother named her for. Dot is pretty well traumatized by her sudden loss and finds her aunt annoying, but helping her come to terms with her grief, the ladies themselves wander in and out of Dot's travels. Their conversations in passing in the cou
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Rosie Amber
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dot to Dot is a tale of discovery for 12 year old Dorothy Mary-Jane. Finding herself an orphan when a freak accident kills her Mum before her very eyes, Dot's world falls apart. Everything becomes BT (Before Truck) or AT (After Truck) in Dot's grieving life.

Aunt Tab comes to the rescue, and takes Dot on a trip to England in the hope of laying a few ghosts to rest and spreading Thea's ashes in a few memorable places. She explains who Dot was named after and their trip follows 3 famous ladies. Dor
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Rachelle
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable read about a young girl named Dorothy Mary-Jane, or Dot for short, who loses her mom in a tragic accident. Her eccentric aunt takes over raising her and persuades her to go on a journey to England to visit the homeland of the three famous women her mother named her after- Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Jane Austen. Along the way, Dot begins to find some sense of closure over her mother's death. This book took me back to the days when I was on a study abroad in ...more
Valerie
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having one's mother taken suddenly, traumatically, at age twelve is a horrific thing. But Dot's Aunt takes her on a journey of healing and discovery that is just what she needs to come through to the other side of crippling grief.
Told with heart and a realistic adolescent voice, I know my students will find this a lovely book. Top it off with poetry and history and a bit of whimsy, and you've got the makings of a book I want to share with everyone who loves the classic female writers, Wollstonec
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Arleen Williams
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful book for mother-daughter book clubs. I wish Bakke had written it when my own daughter was still twelve and we met each month with her friends and their mothers. It is also a great selection for any classroom or school library. It is a book to share and discuss as well as to enjoy; a book that leads to additional shared readings of the prose and poetry of the many authors mentioned, including Austen and Wordsworth.
Debbie
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Dorothy Mary-Jane. Her mother dies and her aunt comes to take care of Dot. They go to England to teach Dot who she was named for. While there, Dot and her aunt spread her mother's ashes at different places. Dot learns about Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Shelly and her mother, and Jane Austen.
Stephanie Konat
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kit Bakke captures the mercurial moods of teenage girls beautifully. Dot suffers a traumatic loss early in the story, and it's great to watch her move through the grieving process while finding more solid footing in her new life. Dot to Dot reminded me of a classic like Little Women. The females in the story are strong and independent, and offer an empowering message to teenage girls.
Doris
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seemed like a book written for young adults even though it wasn't in that section of the library. This book is about a girl whose mother dies in an accident in front of her. She and her aunt take a trip to England to work through their grief. Quick read, likable characters.
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Kit Bakke spent the last half of the 20th century as a political radical (SDS and the Weather Underground), a pediatric oncology nurse, and an information technology consultant. In the 21st century, she became a published writer. Her MISS ALCOTT'S E-MAIL has led to further writing adventures, including being a founding member of Seattle7Writers (www.seattle7writers.org) and a chapter in HOTEL ANGE ...more
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