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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press (Oct. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439579449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439579445
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 13.8 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,999,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1963, Ellies mother, Doris Day Dingman, was crowned the Bosetti Beauty at Mr. Bosetti's supermarket. Read the first page
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By John on March 2 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
The title of the book is Here Today. Ann M. Martin is the author. This is a realistic fiction story.
Ellie is an 11 year old girl who lives in Spectacle witch is near New York. She has a brother, a sister, a father and a mother. Ellie’s life is falling apart. Her mother does not care about anyone but herself. School is the worst part of all. Students hurt Ellie treat her with no respect. But she does not fight back or say anything, she just takes it. What will happen? Will she pull her life back together?
This book is moving and disturbing at times. If you are between the ages 10-14 I recommend this book to you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A heartbreaking and real, but ultimately hopeful story Dec 10 2004
By Teen Reads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Ellie tells how her family and life fall apart in the year 1963. Ellie is a Spectacular. She lives in the town of Spectacle where her mother, Doris Day Dingman, yearns to be the constant center of attention --- a Spectacular spectacle. Doris wins the Bosetti Beauty award, which gives her five free shopping minutes at the Bosetti Grocery Store, by stuffing the box with twenty-five forms. She then revels in the attention of the audience, and continues wearing the tiara long after the contest is over.

Ellie's family lives on Witch Tree Lane, along with the other fascinating misfits in town. Ellie has many friends on the street, some of whom function as substitute mothers during Doris's many classes in dance, acting, and singing. Doris believes in making things happen. She has changed her name to that of the movie star, Doris Day. She talks the local A&P market into letting her be the Lehman's Spam Spread girl.

Doris is gone five hours the afternoon she heads off to talk the local clothing store into a fashion show (starring herself, of course). In response to her absence, Mr. Dingman is too quiet, Ellie's brother Albert is furious, and her sister Marie cries. When Doris comes home late --- and drunk --- she and her husband argue loudly.

As Ellie and her best friend Holly start sixth grade, they're impressed with their young cute male teacher and with the new girl, Tammy White, who is not in awe of the popular girls --- the ones who delight in torturing Ellie and Holly. Doris appears in Ellie's classroom dressed in a tight red dress and very high heels, with her hair in a bouffant tower. Ellie is humiliated, but Tammy is intrigued.

As time goes on, Ellie can't sleep at night. She knows something terrible is going to happen. What will it be, and when will it come? In the meantime bad things are happening to Ellie and Holly at school, and to the residents of Witch Tree Lane. The world is shocked and saddened by President Kennedy's assassination, but self-involved Doris is angry because the Harvest Parade is called off and she won't get to be the Harvest Queen. Finally, inevitably, the something that Ellie has been dreading comes to be. It's so huge and devastating that it changes her world forever. Will she survive?

Ellie's story is heartbreaking and real. At various times while reading HERE TODAY, I felt sad, angry, and frightened. I'll remember Ellie for finding strength when life battered her, and for leaving me with an uplifting surge of hope. Highly recommended.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Gail Cooke - Published on
Format: Audio Cassette
Broadway actress, Tony Award Winner, accomplished voice performer, Judy Kaye's accomplishment are many. Add to that list her thoughtful reading of this story of an 11-year-old girl trying her best to keep her life together in the turbulent sixties.

While many moms baked cookies, shepherded school field trips, Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman's mother most definitely did not. That was really low down on the agenda for this mom who has taken the name of Doris Day Dingman and longs to be a star. This dream is awfully hard on Ellie as she realizes that Mom (who insists she be called Doris not mom) is actually rather showy, in fact, cheap. The kids at school taunt Ellie, and there are times when she thinks they're right. Solace is found with Holly, her best friend and neighbor.

Since Doris is most often away from home pursuing her hopes of fame and fortune and Dad works very long hours, much is left for Ellie to look after. Too much for a girl her age. Eventually, Doris really makes a break and runs away to New York City. Is she discovered by a talent scout? No, she's discovered behind the counter of a rather dingy department store.

Throughout the upheaval in her family Ellie learns one of life's important lessons. Ms. Martin has again painted a poignant picture of growing up.

- Gail Cooke
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Powerful Aug. 13 2005
By Green Marker Girl - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Here Today is a perfect example of a classic Ann M. Martin book. Ellie's thoughts, struggles, and emotions are clearly portrayed and explained through Ms. Martin's clear, well explained words, analogies, and explanations. Many children can relate to the sadness, anger, fury, lonelinesss, confusion, and fear that Ellie experiences throughout the book. Being the mother role to her young brother and sister is hard on Ellie, as is being picked on mercilessly at school, and her mother packing up and moving away for a "better life" away from her family. This book is very clear and holds attention, and is a very good choice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Here Today Book Review June 22 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Ann M. Martin graduated from Smiths College with two degrees: one for psychology, and one for children's education. She worked in an elementary school first, where she helped children with problems. This helped her in writing Here Today, for she understood how people with difficulties felt, and the main character in this book had many problems. Ellie's mom leave her and her family to become a star in New York and her classmates bully her. Ellie has to take care of the rest of her family while facing the teasing and bullying from her classmates. I think that this book is very interesting because the main character's reaction to her problems are quite different from the reactions of normal people. For example, if my mom was irresponsible and selfish like Ellie's mom, then I would've had a big argument with her about how she's not responible enough. However, Ellie reacts to her mom's irresponsibility by taking up her mom's responsibilities and becoming a mini mom. Reading a book about someone who has different reactions from the reader helps make the book less predictable, and more interesting.The book is very good because all the things that happen make sense, and the story is very real. For example, Ellie's mom goes to New York because she wants to become famous there, which makes sense, and things like this can happen in real life too, which really helps us imagine how Ellie must feel. Some parts of the story are boring. For example, the part where Ellie and her friends are eating popsicles could be omitted, because it isn't very important, and reading about people eating popsicles is boring too. I recommend this book to people at the age of eight and above who want to read an emotional reality fiction.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Here Today: A Heartwarming Story of Adversity and Triumph Feb. 7 2006
By Karen Bickett - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The year 1963 was one of many trials and tribulations for eleven-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman, better known as Ellie. After her fame-seeking egocentric mother deserts the family to chase her acting dreams in New York City, Ellie is left to take on the maternal role for her younger brother and sister. At the same time, Ellie must endure the pangs of being seen as an "outsider" at school and the terrorizing acts of bigotry towards the "rejects" who live on Witch Tree Lane. In the end, Ellie must come to terms with the one thing she has been dreading. Will Ellie overcome this devastating blow in her life? Most importantly, what will come of this troubled young girl, who lives on Witch Tree Lane, in the small town of Spectacle?

Once again, Ann M. Martin captures her readers through sharing the heartrending and genuine story of Miss Eleanor Roosevelt Dingman. While reading this beautifully written novel, I found myself riding along-side Ellie on the "emotional roller-coaster" she calls life. Ellie seized my heart and inspired my soul. As a result, I highly recommend HERE TODAY.

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