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Prom /
Laurie Halse Anderson.
imprint
[New York] : Viking, 2005.
description
215 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0670059749 (hardcover), 9780670059744 (hardcover)
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imprint
[New York] : Viking, 2005.
isbn
0670059749 (hardcover)
9780670059744 (hardcover)
abstract
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.
catalogue key
9932923
A Look Inside
About the Author
BIH Author Biography
Laurie Halse Anderson is the author of three award-winning novels, as well as five picture books. The night of her senior prom, she was shoveling manure on a pig farm in Denmark. She lives with her family in Central New York. Visit her Web site at www.writerlady.com.
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Bluegrass Award, USA, 2006 : Nominated
Volunteer State Book Award, USA, 2007 : Nominated
Excerpts
Flap Copy
Ashley Hannigan doesn't particularly care about the prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing that happens in her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend. Natalia, who's the head of the committee and has prom stars in her eyes. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money. Suddenly, Ash finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from the principal, from her fellow classmates. And in making the prom happen, Ash learns some surprising things about making her life happen, too. Like Ashley-and like the rest of Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning work-Prom is funny, tough, sweet, down-to-earth, and speaks to teen readers in a voice they'll recognize as their own.
First Chapter
1.

Once upon a time there was an eighteen-year-old girl who dragged her butt out of bed and hauled it all the way to school on a sunny day in May.

2.

That was me.

3.

Normal kids (like me) thought high school was cool for the first three days in ninth grade. Then it became a big yawn, the kind of yawn that showed the fillings in your teeth and the white stuff on your tongue you didn't scrape off with your toothbrush.

Sometimes I wondered why I bothered. Normal kids (me again), we weren't going to college, no matter what anybody said. I could read and write and add and do nails and fix hair and cook a chicken. I could defend myself and knew which streets were cool at night and which neighborhoods a white girl like me should never, ever wander in.

So why keep showing up for class?

Blame my fifth-grade teacher.

Ms. Valencia knew she was teaching a group of normal kids. She knew our parents and our neighborhood. Couple times a week she'd go off on how we absolutely, positively had to graduate from high school, diploma and all (like the GED didn't count, which was cold), or else we were going straight to hell, with a short detour by Atlantic City to lose all our money in the slot machines. She made an impression, know what I mean?

Every kid who was in that fifth-grade class with me was graduating, except for the three who were in jail, the two who kept having babies, the one who ran away, and the two crack whores.

The rest of us, we were getting by.

I was getting by.

4.

It had been a decent morning, for a Tuesday. No meltdowns at home. The perverts outside the shelter left me alone, and the Rottweiler on Seventh was chained up. A bus splashed through the puddle at the corner of Bonventura and Elk, but only my sneakers got soaked. It could have been worse. At least the sun was shining and some of my homework was done.

So I got to admit, I was in a half-decent mood that morning, dragging myself and my butt to school.

I had no clue what was coming

Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2006-02-06:
"This energetic novel, narrated by Ashley, offers snappy commentary about high-school life, and some priceless scenes," wrote PW. Ages 14-up. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Reviews
Review Quotes
"...teens will love Ashley''s clear view of high-school hypocrisies, dating and the fierce bonds of friendship." Booklist, starred review
This item was reviewed in:
Kirkus Reviews,
Booklist, January 2005
Publishers Weekly, January 2005
School Library Journal, February 2005
Chicago Tribune, March 2005
Horn Book Magazine, March 2005
Voice of Youth Advocates, April 2005
San Francisco Chronicle, May 2005
Horn Book Guide, October 2005
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Summaries
Back Cover Copy
"Miss Crane stole the prom money." "She stole it? How much?" "They're not sure yet. A lot." It took a minute to sink in-our math teacher stole the prom money. Wow. How low could you get? "Hang on," I said. "So you have to cancel the prom?" Junie wailed and buried her head in her arms. "Way to go, Hannigan," Lauren said. "I'm sorry," I said. "Really, I mean it." I had been saying prom was stupid for years, and it still was, but it was different for them. They had been waiting forever for this. Dichelle, she lived with a foster family who had nothing, but everybody had pitched in to buy her a dress. Junie had been dating the same stand-up man, Charles, since freshman year, and he was going into the army right after graduation, and we were all sure he was going to ask her to marry him at prom. Monica, her mom died of cancer last year-if anyone deserved a dance, it was that girl. Prom was stupid for me, but not for them, and I wasn't such a butthead that I couldn't see the difference. But I didn't know what to say or do. "Anybody want a Tastykake?" I asked.
Library of Congress Summary
Eighteen-year-old Ash wants nothing to do with senior prom, but when disaster strikes and her desperate friend, Nat, needs her help to get it back on track, Ash's involvement transforms her life.
Main Description
High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. Promhas everything that award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for-humor, poignancy, teen readers' tough issues dealt with head-on, and a voice teen readers will recognize as their own.
Main Description
High school senior Ashley Hannigan doesn't care about prom, but she's the exception. It's pretty much the only good thing at her urban Philadelphia high school, and everyone plans to make the most of it-especially Ash's best friend, Natalia, who's the head of the committee. Then the faculty advisor is busted for taking the prom money, and Ash suddenly finds herself roped into putting together a gala dance out of absolutely nada. But she has help-from her large and loving (if exasperating!) family, from Nat's eccentric grandmother, from her fellow classmates. And in putting the prom together, Ash learns that she has choices about her life after high school. Prom has everything that award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for-humor, poignancy, teen readers' tough issues dealt with head-on, and a voice teen readers will recognize as their own.
Unpaid Annotation
Containing everything she's known for, this latest novel by the award-winning author of "Speak" and "Catalyst" describes the angst surrounding an American teenage rite of passage: the senior prom.

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