Hardcover Young Adult, 272 pages Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (May 12, 2005) ISBN-10: 0805076670 ISBN-13: 978-0805076677 Click here for: Discussion Guide
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A room is not much . . .
It is not arms holding you. Not a kiss on the forehead. Not a packed lunch or a remembered birthday.
Just a room.
But for seventeen-year-old Zoe, struggling to shed the suffocating responsibility of her alcoholic mother and the controlling guilt of her grandmother, a rented room on Lorelei Street is a fierce grab for control of her own future.
But with all odds against her, can a seventeen-year-old who only slings hash to make ends meet make it on her own? Zoe struggles with this worry and the guilt of abandoning her mother as she goes to lengths that even she never dreamed she would in order to keep the room on Lorelei Street.
Awards and Honors for A Room on Lorelei Street
WINNER of the 2005 SCBWI GOLDEN KITE BOOK AWARD for FICTION WINNER of the 2005 JHUNT AWARD for Young Adult Literature 2006 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults 2006 NYPL Best Books for the Teen Age Bank Street Best Teen Books 2005 Richie's Picks: THE BEST OF 2005 Baltimore Great Books 2005 Capitol Choices Noteworthy Book 2006 Texas Tayshas List 2006 - 2007 2006 California Collection
What readers and critics say . . .
"Masterfully written . . . Highly Recommended." --Brenda Ethridge Ferguson, Library Media Connection, starred review.
"You may not agree with her choices, but you’’ll think about them long after you've finished her story. READ IT . . . " --Teen People Magazine
"Pearson's wrenching novel pierces the heart and ultimately delivers hope." --Des Moines Register
"Pearson sophisticatedly crafts a quietly cramped, small-town Texas community. All literary elements . . . seamlessly and poetically coalesce" --Kirkus
"Pearson paints a compelling portrait of a teen, easily recognizable to most YAs, who is simultaneously intent on survival and self-sabotage." --Booklist
"This is no doubt one of the most powerful books of the year." --Diana Tixier Herald, Genrefluent
"The third-person narration is at times lyrical, vividly expressing the teen's feelings and motivations. This book is a good read and the message--while powerful--is not overpowering." --School Library Journal
"Pearson’s book sings. Its exquisite language paints rooms and characters with vivid three-dimensional colors making it difficult to believe that we are reading fiction. A Room on Lorelei Street is a must buy for sophisticated high school readers . . . "--Ed Spicer, Michigan Reading Journal
" . . . the best book I've read this year. Not best YA book; the best book, period." --Liz Burns, Blog: A Chair, A Fireplace, & A Tea Cozy
"characters are complex and well drawn . . . Teenage girls will enjoy reading this book" --Jenny Ingram, VOYA
"Teens will relate to Zoe's fierce need for independence." --Kristen Moreland, Teen Reviewer, VOYA