Matt Donaghy has always been a Big Mouth. But it's never gotten him in trouble -- until the day Matt is accused of threatening to blow up Rocky River High School. Ursula Riggs has always been an Ugly Girl. A loner with fierce, staring eyes, Ursula has no time for petty high school stuff like friends and dating -- or at least that's what she tells herself Ursula is content with minding her own business. And she doesn't even really know Matt Donaghy. But Ursula is the only person who knows what Matt really said that day ... and she is the only one who can help him. In her first novel for young adults, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates has created a provocative and unflinching story of friendship and family, and of loyalty and betrayal.Performed by Hilary Swank and Chad Lowe
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“The relationship between Ursula and Matt grows, credibly and compellingly, against a convincing high school backdrop. Readers will relate to the pressures these two experience, both at school and from their parents, and be gratified by their ability to emerge the wiser.”
Praise for Joyce Carol Oates’ writing:
"Miss Oates is one of our most audaciously talented writers. Her gift is so large, her fluency in different genres – poems, short stories, novels, essays – so great, that at times she seems to challenge the ability of readers to keep up with her."
“One of the greatest writers of our time."
“… compelling… Honest and penetrating.” Kirkus Reviews
“Believable, full-blooded characters… convincing high-school back-drop.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A thought-provoking, character-driven drama.” Booklist (starred review)
“A fast-moving, timely, compelling story.” School Library Journal
“A divinely readable novel, one of the finest and most provocative in any genre of late.” Ruminator Review
A superb story bursting with themes relevant to high school life today. Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Middle and high school kids will find a lot rings true in “Big Mouth and Ugly Girl.” San Francisco ChronicleAbout the Author:
Born in upstate New York in 1938, Joyce Carol Oates has twice been nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature. She has won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Pen / Faulkner Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is the author of a number of distinguished books in several genres, all published within the past twenty-five years, and is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Princeton University.
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Book Description HarperFestival, 2002. Book Condition: very good. Gently used. Expect delivery in 2-3 weeks. Bookseller Inventory # 9780060089696-3