EmmaOs life is a mess. Her best friend isnOt talking to her, and the boy sheOs known forever and dismissed has turned into a hottie. As if that werenOt enough, her preacher parents have decided not to pay for college unless Emma goes to a Christian school, something she will never do. Enter the Crispy DreamNa new donut franchise where people camp out waiting to be the first ones served. The local paper is running a scholarship for the person who writes the best feature story about the donut camp. Joining the camp could be EmmaOs big chance at taking control of her future. But itOs going to take a lot of faith in the human spiritNand a few donutsNto change her life."
- Paperback | 256 pages
- 139.7 x 208.28 x 20.32mm | 226.8g
- 16 Sep 2010
- United States
About Lara Zielin
Lara Zielin lives in Michigan.
"Zielin's lighthearted yet substantive portrayals of Emma's struggles with God, family, and friendship ring absolutely true." - "Kirkus Reviews"
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Emma Goiner's father informs her one night that the only universities her college fund will help support are those that her parents approve of. In other words, any secular school is OUT. Both of Emma's parents are pastors at Living Word Redeemer, so they expect Emma to be guided by their choices. But Emma knows they are disappointed in her. Since her baptism not so long ago, she's yet to speak in tongues. And she's inflamed that the church can be influenced by the wealthiest member of the congregation. So it's with these thoughts in her mind that she's determined to win the Paul Bunyan Press contest. The paper is holding a competition. Crispy Dream Donuts is opening a new store, and the paper is offering a college scholarship to the best story written about the opening. Emma isn't sure what angle she will take with her story, but she's going to camp out and interview people who are also camping there waiting for the celebration. It's during her time at Donut Camp that Emma learns more about herself than she ever expected. She encounters a Harley group that turns out to be the most unusual group of Christians she could imagine. And she meets a couple that have been camping for thirteen days, hoping that with the RV Crispy Dream will give a prize to the person who has logged the longest time at camp. And, though she struggles with herself, she winds up calling on Jake, a boy who had declared his love for her not so long ago, only to have her remain speechless and leave him hanging. During the time at Donut Camp, Emma's parents have to fight for their own dreams. Mr. O'Connor, the richest member of the church, has his own agenda, and when Emma's mom preaches that men and women are equal, it starts a cascade of events that soon envelopes everyone with their consequences. DONUT DAYS is a great, insightful novel by Ms. Zielin. It reads quickly and touches the heart. Though Emma grows up in a minister's home, the story is so much more than that. Yes, Emma tries to make her parents see that she's her own person and wants a world beyond what they have in mind for her. But it's also a story of fighting for what you believe in and achieving your own dreams. Emma is a strong character with her own insecurities - but a strong belief in herself and her dreams.show moreby TeensReadToo