The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous

The Very Ordered Existence of Merilee Marvelous

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Thirteen-year-old Merilee Monroe maintains a Very Ordered Existence, VOE for short. As long as she keeps up with her minute-by-minute daily schedule, she can avoid the internal trauma caused by change and spontaneity. So when two very distracting newcomers arrive in town, Merilee does her best to ignore them and stick to her plans. But can even a VOE have some room for friendship?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 127 x 175.26 x 27.94mm | 249.47g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061231991
  • 9780061231995
  • 1,097,305

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310 ratings
3.74 out of 5 stars
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4 32% (100)
3 30% (93)
2 7% (21)
1 3% (10)

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When I started reading this little gem of a book, I thought that it would be a fast read. I was mistaken. It took me awhile to read it because of the thought that had to be applied to comprehend the wonderful story. I selected this book to review because being a teacher, I have had the pleasure of having some autistic students in my class. I teach 10-12 year olds and I wanted to see some insight into the minds of my students. This gave me a lot to chew on. Merilee is being raised in a small town in West Texas. She lives with her mother, father, sister, and a very mean ole grandma. She has a very ordered existence where she does everything on a time schedule. If her schedule is messed up, she gets nervous. Into this existence comes two new characters, Veraleen and Biswick. Veraleen is a big woman with a very big heart, and Biswick is an 8-year-old boy who has been affected by fetal alcohol syndrome. The two of them help Merilee discover who she really is. The characters in this kind of slow-paced book are bigger than life. The town of Jumbo is made up a lot of strange people. Merilee is very smart but can't say what she wants to say. Everything gets locked up inside her mind. But she is very caring about the people she does care about. She gets picked on in school, which was the hardest thing to read about since I am a school teacher, and she gets verbal abuse from her grandmother, which is finally explained in the last chapters of the book. THE VERY ORDERED EXISTENCE OF MERILEE MARVELOUS is magical, and I am the better from reading this marvelous more
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