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The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

by Jill MacLean

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Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature Winner, 20102010 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award NomineeOn Resource Links Best Books of 2009 listThe Present Tense of Prinny Murphy picks up the story where The Nine Lives of Travis Keating leaves off - but this time, from the perspective of Prinny, Travis's friend. An alcoholic mother, a distracted father, a best friend who spends all his time with his new "girlfriend", and three relentless schoolyard bullies: Prinny Murphy's past, present, and future certainly are "tense."Adding to her misery, she still can't read well enough to escape from remedial lessons with the dour Mrs. Dooks. But when a kindly substitute teacher introduces her to LaVaughn's inner-city world in the free verse novel, Make Lemonade, Prinny discovers that life can be full of possibilities - and poetry."

About the Author

Jill MacLean

During the four years poet Jill MacLean lived in Prince Edward Island, she researched Jean Pierre Roma's settlement at Trois Rivières. Her first collection, The Brevity of Red, was published in 2003. She now lives in Bedford, Nova Scotia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 16
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, OLA Silver Birch
  • Runner-up, CLA Book of the Year for Children
  • Short-listed, Josette Frank Award
  • Winner, USBBY Outstanding International Book
  • Joint winner, OLA Best Bets
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Winner, Ann Connor Brimer Award
  • Joint winner, VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers list
  • Commended, Resource Links Best Books

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The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

Prinny Murphy has a tough life. Her mom is an alcoholic, she has a difficult time relating to her distant father and she’s stuck in remedial reading with Mrs. Dooks. To make matters worse the school bullies are extorting money from her – and her best friend, Travis, has started dating Laice, a snobby new girl from Halifax. But when a substitute teacher loans Prinny a copy of Make Lemonade, a free verse novel about a character named LaVaughn, things begin to turn around. Prinny finds herself drawn into a book for the first time in her life and discovers the magic of poetry. As new friendships are forged and her parents find a way back to each other, Prinny begins to realize that loving and trusting people is much like a roller coaster ride but all the ups and downs are worth it.

In The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, Jill MacLean has written another sensational novel for readers in the junior/intermediate grades. Many children today deal with issues similar to Prinny’s – parental separation, alcoholism, bullying and loneliness. In Prinny, MacLean creates a conflicted character – one who wants to be kind and compassionate yet carries around a great deal of anger about her home life, her lack of female friends and her inability to read well. And now that we know Prinny’s secrets, Jill MacLean has raised our curiosity about the other residents of Ratchet. Providing teachers with an excellent platform to begin conversations about the stresses of home life, academic issues and friendship this novel is a must-read for fans of her previous book The Nine Lives of Travis Keating.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

Prinny Murphy’s mom is an alcoholic, her father is distant and she’s stuck in remedial reading. To make matters worse, she’s being bullied at school, and her best friend has started dating a snobby new girl. When a teacher loans Prinny a free-verse novel, she discovers a love of reading. As friendships and family life improve, Prinny realizes that loving and trusting people is much like a roller coaster ride. This is the sequel to The Nine Lives of Travis Keating.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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