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Here's to You, Rachel Robinson [Mass Market Paperback]

Judy Blume
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Sept. 1 1995
Trouble in Rachel's family is spelled with a capital C—for Charles.

From the outside, Rachel looks like the perfect daughter in the perfect family. She’s a straight-A student, a gifted musician, and a good friend. But her older brother, Charles, seems determined to ruin everything. Rachel feels as if it’s all falling apart. Her best friends, Stephanie and Alison, find Charles funny. They urge Rachel to lighten up and enjoy the end of seventh grade. Easy for them to say. Not so easy for Rachel. Not even when Jeremy Dragon, the coolest boy in ninth grade, notices her. Is it possible that perfection isn’t the key to an exciting life?

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Continuing the story begun in Just As Long As We're Together , Blume here focuses on Rachel, one of three best friends. This gifted, highly motivated student who, according to her mother, was "born thirty-five," feels somewhat out of sync with Stephanie and Alison as seventh grade draws to a close. Then, when Rachel's acerbic older brother is expelled from boarding school, life at home becomes equally unsettling--and decidedly unpleasant. Rachel's incisive, first-person narration easily draws readers into her complicated world as she learns to cope with the pressures brought on by her relentless quest to be the best at everything and by her troubled family situation. Perceptive, strong storytelling ensures that other characters' points of view (particularly Rachel's brother's) can also be discerned. Blume once again demonstrates her ability to shape multidimensional characters and to explore--often through very convincing dialogue--the tangled interactions of believable, complex people. Ages 11-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 5-8-This is the second book in what will likely become a trilogy revolving around three 13-year-old friends, Stephanie, Rachel, and Alison. In Just As Long As We Are Together (Orchard, 1987), Stephanie described the turmoils of the first half of seventh grade. Here, Rachel picks up the narrative. Her intelligence and drive have always set her apart, and now her emotions are in a state of turbulence. The unwelcome return of her rebellious brother from boarding school unsettles her family, which is dominated by the intense and highly successful Mrs. Robinson. Charles wreaks havoc through his volatile behavior and cruel, but often insightful, attacks on his sisters and parents. Rachel also struggles to find a balance at school, where increasing pressures threaten to overwhelm her. While dealing with these concerns, she becomes attracted to an older man and longs for her peers to accept her. A master at conveying the values and mores of the upper-middle class, Blume excels in her descriptions of family life and adolescent friendships. Her characterization is powerful and compelling. Rachel's strong narrative voice, couched in simple, direct language, realistically conveys her intense self-preoccupation. Though Rachel is an unusual personalitity, the author never loses sight of the common threads running through the lives of all teenagers. She draws on the universal themes of awakening sexuality and emerging identities to capture and hold her audience. Preteens will snap this one up.
Maggie McEwen, Coffin Elementary School, Brunswick, ME
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Sibling rivalry at its best (or worst) June 14 2004
Rachel Robinson is too perfect - I like her less than her best friend Stephanie Hirsch, along with Steph's friend Alison. She is incredibly gifted and astoundingly bright. HERE'S TO YOU... was derived from a line Rachel's brother, supreme troublemaker, Charles, said out of anger.
HERE'S TO YOU... picks up where JUST AS LONG AS... left off. With the cliff-hanger ending of the prequel, we find that the best friendship between Steph and Rachel was never really fully repaired, basically due to Alison's arrival. "I can tell they prefer each other's company to mine," Rachel laments. Still, Steph and Rachel are good friends.
If Charles is Rachel's main problem, and it seems as though he is, she should seriously consider herself lucky. Her family was happy until he arrived home, expelled from his boarding school. Before that, it was just Rachel, Mr and Mrs. Robinson, and Rachel's sister, Jessica. As we come to know Charles, we come to understand why Rachel almost seems to fear the 14 year-old. He has a mean streak. He honestly seems to get joy out of making his family miserable. Jess, who has a serious case of acne so bad that it is often painful, is able to live her life normally and have friends, which Rachel strongly admires. Charles cruelly asks, "Do they still call you Pizza Face or Jess the Mess?" Jess flees the room in tears. When Rachel is concerned, he teases her about being so smart in school. "The child prodigy speaks!" he trills in feigned shock. Charles also teases her about not having friends and when Steph and Alison show up, he shamelessly flirts with them.
Oddly enough, no one really sees how wicked Charles is outside the Robinson household. His girlfriend Dana thinks he's sweet and gentle and asks Rachel "to please stop acting like such a bitch!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you Rachel Robinson**** June 6 2004
This is a really great book. I decided to pick it for on eof my book reports and it was really easy to read and undertsand. My project was very easy to do. I reccomend this book to ages 12+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel Robinson May 9 2004
By Allie,
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I thought, Here's to you, Rachel Robinson, was a great book. It showed siblings relavery between three siblings and how hecktive their life got with each other.Charles, the brother did something bad and came home. See what happens if you read the book! Judy Blume does a great job explaining the book and I never got confused once. I hope she writes another book about Rachel and her friends!!!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for us ordinary! Jan. 8 2004
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"Here`s to You, Rachel Robinson" is about a girl named Rachel(you probably guessed that by now, though!) who just wants her life steady. She was, as her parents put it, born 35. People think her life is perfect. Well, it isn`t. She has an older brother, Charles, who just got kicked out of boarding school. Now, he`s sent home and she and her family just can`t deal with it.
While Rachel`s life goes up and down, you`ll feel like you`re part of her heart, and spirit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charles the Trouble Maker Dec 10 2002
By A Customer
Here's to you Rachel Robinson is a good book. The setting of the story was in Vermount when Rachel was around the age of fourteen. The main characters in the story were Rachel,Jessica,Robby, Nell,Victor, and Charles. My favorite character is Rachel beacause when she's stressed she listens to music or plays her instrument to make her feel relaxed or calm ,and I also like to listen to music. My favorite part was when Nell and Victor got a phone-call about Charles. I would recommend this book to a friend or family member because it seems like a really good book for all ages, and it's starting to get interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great book Nov. 18 2002
By A Customer
My favorite book is Here's to You Rachel Robinson by Judy Blume. It's about a girl who has trouble with her family, friends, and school. One reason why it's my favorite book is it shows that families aren't perfect. For example, Rachel's brother is always getting into trouble, and now he has to come home from boarding school because he got expelled. Another reason why it's my favorite book is that friendship is not always the best. For example, Rachel's best never tells her anything, she talks about her to all of her other friends, and is starting to yell at her about everything. The last reason why I like this book is it shows that you should always try hard in school and put it before activities. For example, Rachel has so many activities that if she doesn't keep up with her work, her grades might slip. Here's to You Rachel Robinson is the best book; it shows what life is all about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Here's to you Rachel Robinson June 20 2002
By A Customer
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This was not as good as the fist one but, it was good.
If you liked Rachel in the first one you will like this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sequal May 19 2002
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This is one of the best books for girls. I mean it! I was so sad when the book ended. I believe that Ms. Blume should make a sequal to this also.
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