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A Girl Named Mister
ISBN: 9780310723134
Author: Grimes, Nikki
Publisher: Harpercollins Christian Pub
Published: August 2011
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: A pregnant teenager finds support and forgiveness from God through a book of poetry presented from the Virgin Mary's perspective.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Novels in verse.
Pregnancy; Fiction.
Christian life; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2010010830
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Target Grade: 10-12
Grade level: 10-12
Physical Information: 8.25" H x 5.50" L x 0.75" W
Bargain Category: Religious, Middle School
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Fifteen-year-old Mary Rudine, nicknamed Mister, "used to be / a good Christian girl..." In a series of one- to two-page prose poems, Mister describes her fall from grace. Mister's voice is poignant and utterly genuine, but what really elevates the novel above other good-girl-gets-pregnant fare is the character of Mary, mother of Jesus, whose all-too-familiar experiences as a pregnant teenager comfort Mister. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
Fifteen-year-old Mary Rudine, nicknamed Mister, "used to be / a good Christian girl, / the kind who would never, well..." In a series of one- to two-page prose poems, Mister describes her fall from grace -- from the time "I couldn't help but notice / how the purity band / on my ring finger / seemed loose lately. / Like any day now, / it might / just / slip / off" to the moment when, having just given birth to her son, "the social worker waits / for my decision. / I take my time, / stare into love's eyes, / and count each finger, each toe." To Grimes's credit, Mister's voice is poignant and utterly genuine, but what really elevates the verse novel above other good-girl-gets-pregnant fare is a surprise character: Mary, the mother of Jesus. Interspersed throughout Mister's story are prose poems narrated by this second pregnant teenager. "I cried myself to sleep. / Joseph tried to comfort me, / but how could he understand / my desperate longing / for the old me, / the one whose belly / was flat enough / to nestle comfortably / on her side." Mary's all-too-familiar experiences comfort Mister, drawing the modern-day teen "a little closer / to God." tanya d. auger Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 November)

Gr 8 Up—Mary Rudine, nicknamed Mister, enjoys going to church for the friends and the music, but her commitment to purity and her "good-girl" status are not enough to keep her from sleeping with her boyfriend. It only happens once—after that, Trey moves on and Mister is left with a guilty conscience. She turns to her church for support and forgiveness, which are freely given even when it becomes apparent that she is pregnant ("You'd think I grew a few extra mothers," she quips). Still feeling estranged from God, Mister turns to a fictionalized account of Mary, the mother of Jesus, and finds that the story resonates with her on many levels. As Mister's pregnancy progresses, she struggles with questions of what she should do, and whether giving her baby up for adoption would be the best choice. As she holds her newborn son, she marvels at the miracle of new life and chooses to trust God for what is best for her and her child, even if that means giving him up for adoption. The lyrical free-verse format of the novel communicates the deep emotions surrounding the parallel stories of Mister and Mary, two teenagers who have to deal with explaining their unplanned pregnancies to their families and friends. Though the story is most likely to appeal to Christian teens, all readers will be able to sympathize with the girl's conflicting emotions about her baby, her boyfriend, and her mother as she struggles to balance pregnancy with a normal teenage life.—Misti Tidman, Boyd County Public Library, Ashland, KY

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