The Wild Girls

The Wild Girls

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It's 1972. Twelve-year-old Joan is sure that she is going to be miserable when her family moves. Then she meets a most unusual girl. Sarah prefers to be called 'Fox,' and lives with her author dad in a rundown house in the middle of the woods. The two girls start writing their own stories together, and when one wins first place in a student contest, they find themselves recruited for a summer writing class taught by the equally unusual Verla Volante. The Wild Girls brilliantly explores friendship, the power of story, and how coming of age means finding your own answers.

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ISBN-13: 9780739359884
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Pat Murphy lives in San Francisco, California.

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The Wild Girls 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a bookseller specializing in children's books and this is one of the best books I have read in so long that I want to point it out to everyone. Two very different girls, one new to the area, are very supportive friends whose families are each going through some rough patches. They meet at a treehouse in the woods, catch salamanders and form a bond of friendship that helps them both have some adventures that take them out of their everyday problems. Sensitive writing and interesting characters make you sorry that the book has to end. It is one of the years best.
kmasterson07 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fox and Newt also known as Sarah and Joan learn about the power of observation in writing and are changed in how they see their own worlds. These bright clever "wild girls" shine through in their strength and intellect. Subplots include family tensiona and drinking. A great read. I am using this with a TAG group and the girls are doing the writing assignments as they read the book.
librariankristin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In 1972 California, new-comer twelve-year-old Joan meets Sarah and they become fast friends. They learn about writing, each other, and their families while taking a Summer writing class at University of Califiornia, Berkeley. This title could be an excellent read-aloud. Teachers may want to have their students work along with Joan and Sarah since many of the writing class assignments are included in the text.
HMP11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
¿We are the Wild Girls who lived in the woods. You are afraid of us because you don¿t know what we will do. We had won a contest, put on our war paint and nothing would be the same again. We are the Wild Girls who lived in the woods.¿ The story of two imaginative 13-year-old girls who discover their voices, learn that life is about taking chances, making trouble, walking on stilts and saying what you think. When Joan¿s family moves her from manicured Connecticut to untamed California she thinks her life is over. As her mom unpacks Joan angrily ventures into the overgrown woods of twisted walnuts behind her house. There in a clearing she encounters wild, red-headed Sarah (Fox) who calls herself the ¿Queen of the Foxes¿. Soon the girls are best friends exploring the secret crevasses of the woods, harassing newts and defending their hut from older neighborhood boys. Their lives take a turn when they secretly enter a writing contest and win. Hiding behind war paint the Wild Girls bravely present their story at the award ceremony and are recruited for a summer writing class in San Francisco by the mysterious Verla Volante.Together the class takes a journey of self-discovery through writing and asking questions. As the girls transform, they realize that the truth has many meanings, even parents have feelings and are scared and most importantly how to be brave as themselves without hiding behind aliases and war paint.
saab0993 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
i like this book alot and how theses girls diffrences make them stronger and their love for adventure and writing helps them find eachother
smaga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A pretty good book, I guess. My main problem with it would be the amount of pages. It's too long for the plot. I'm not saying it's a huge book-it's not. It's quite thin actually. I just think the plot could have ended half way through the book but instead, it kept going.
dreamerenglish2010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Alice R- This book (if you read the back) seems hard to follow, it will make so much more sense if you just start reading. This book is basically a thirteen year old girls journal and she writes about her life.
kindofodd More than 1 year ago
This book made me realize what a real friendship is really about, I couldn't put this book down it was so amusing and inspirational to let girls know they can break free and express themselves. Also, accepting the truth in ourselves even when we're put in awkward positions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I reading the book but not hear and i LOVE it!! Newt and Fox are such good friends. Fox is being her normal self and newt got inspired by the advendures Fox and Newt had. This made me think. I love writing!! Its just amazing. Newt and Fox always be friends maby because i didnt read the whole thing. :) I recamend it. I can relate with these people. You cant always fit in. Just be yourself and let loose like fox and the war paint. YAY
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I didnt think that newt and fox where actually going to be friends but in the end they where wild girls. I loved how verla thought there war paint was cool and then invited them to this awesome writers summer camp. Its cool how verla told them to ask lots of questions and in my opinion it taught them alot about there perants. Though it is sad that newts father drinks alot and then fights with everyone and say that there ideas are stupid and everything. But there really not. I think this book is about the importance of friends and family.
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I love this book and relates so much to my life!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can really relate to the characters and the author did a really good job on making the charachters think like kids and not adults like other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is realy interesting i kinda can relate to fox and joan whenever they go to school and they have a hard time fitting in anybody should read this Vvvv
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I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice easy read but had some good subtext to really make you think. I would recommend this book to everyone. It is very inspiring and wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book help me see myself and my besr friend differently. If I were in the book, I would be Moose. :)
horsejumperGC More than 1 year ago
it was a brillant book about friends and adventure they share
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