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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,410 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Virginia Euwer Wolff Narrator: Heather Alicia Simms Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2003 ISBN:
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What's new in LaVaughn's life is Jody, a boy she knew as a child who's come back to the housing project where she lives. Jody is like a miracle: he smells like chlorine; he calls her little buddy; he goes with her to the dance. It's just as if he's in love with her. Except not quite.

As LaVaughn puzzles over Jody, as her best friends struggle with belief and acceptance, and as Jody wrestles with questions about his own identity, Virginia Euwer Wolff rises to the occasion with this astonishing and powerfully moving novel, the second in the Make Lemonade trilogy. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy B | 2/4/2014

    " True Believer is a Printz honor book. After LaVaughn's experience babysitting Jolly's kids in Make Lemonade, LaVaughn sets off to tackle high school. As the school year starts, she realizes a childhood friend is back living three floors up in the apartment building. He is very attractive. She instantly falls in love. He is a swimmer and has the same goal as LaVaughn- to go to college. LaVaughn is offered a special language class to help correct her grammar. She joins this class and really gets some good guidance and fellowship from the other students and the teacher in the class. This is a important to her because her two best friends from when she was little have joined a church group that is too extreme to include LsVsughn. LaVaughn is very hurt. On top of this LaVaughn's mom is thinking about moving away to a house in the suburbs with her boyfriend. It really seems as if this will happen. There is a shooting at school. LaVaughn is sick about leaving the life and friends she has created for herself. Mostly she doesn't want to leave Jody. He is all she can think about. LaVaugh gets a job at the hospital folding laundry. She really feels for the little ones there who are sick. This will also have an impact on her life. LaVaughn deals with all of these problems very well. It is interesting to see how she copes with what life asks. I have already recommended this book to a student who was having trouble with the confliction religious beliefs of her friends. Poverty is faced head on in the Make Lemonade series. True Believer is a very strong message. I would give this book a 5 for quality and a 5 for popularity. This is such an easy read that creates many lessons and messages to help kids through rough times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candice | 2/1/2014

    " I love this book. It is one of the very few books that I wanted tho continue reading in my language arts class "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Al_jessica Eaton | 1/21/2014

    " The 2nd book in the Make Lemonade Trilogy, this book continues LaVaughnn's story as a student at an inner city high school. She has her mind set that she will go to college in a few years, but first she must survive high school, which is getting hard now that her best friends are leaving her out, her mom has a new boyfriend, and she is in love with a boy that won't give her the time of day. It is heart-warming, hilarious, and inspiriring all at once. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maddie | 1/21/2014

    " if u r having a hard time in life,this puts u into perspective "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliana | 12/27/2013

    " This book really does a good job of staying true to some of the issues that many teens face. I really enjoyed this book. Lavaughn's plans to go to college and the issues she has with friends are things that anyone can relate to. THis book is positive and very enjoyable to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernesto Ventura | 11/13/2013

    " it was an intresting book about a girl and a boy she liked and that boy turned out to be something else... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nisha | 11/11/2013

    " well, the book is overall good, but it has a very complex story in the book itself. You have to be the kind of person who carefully reads EVERY SINGLE word to understand anything, because there is so much going on. all in all, it is a crazy book with no head or tail, so if you read it BEWARE!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 11/6/2013

    " I love this book and Make Lemonade-they are just amazing!! Inspiring and filled with hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 9/19/2013

    " Unique prose, complex setting, direct main character, wonderful interior monologues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Olivia | 9/18/2013

    " I loved how this book was written. The way LaVaughn's life was portrayed was very unique to me. It kept me interested. I was able to feel the story unfold rather than just reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 jenny lynn | 8/11/2013

    " Not as good as her first book, Make Lemonade, but it was nice to find out what happened to LaVaughn and Jilly and Jeremy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie Brownell | 7/31/2013

    " This is the second book of a series of 3. I would recommend this for girls. You would not have to have read the 1st book but it does make the story complete if read in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 12/14/2012

    " LaVaughn's voice is very true to a confused 15-year-old who thinks she knows who she is and what she wants, but isn't always sure. I loved the sentences she and her group come up with during Grammar Build Up. And I'm dying to know what Jody wrote on that note. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betty Matthews | 8/20/2012

    " My favorite quote in the book is "I have been punishing him for so long / for not being Jody (263)." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruben | 8/10/2012

    " it was okay i like the girl being a psycho in the story over some dude. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/12/2012

    " I really had a hard time with the charaters in the first book, even though I loved the story line. This book just made the charaters more real. I am so glad for my little boring life after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maya | 3/8/2012

    " this book was a disapointment. i had very high standards for this book and it let me down. the end was poorly written. there was a little romance, not as much as i had expected. still good, but didn't met my standards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/25/2012

    " Loved this book! Thanks Amy for loaning it to me! And this wonderful author lives in our own Oregon City! : ) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karolinde (Kari) | 5/14/2011

    " A very well written book, all in verse. I just didn't enjoy the story itself very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 5/1/2011

    " This is the second book of a series of 3. I would recommend this for girls. You would not have to have read the 1st book but it does make the story complete if read in order. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Reread to get ready for release of the last in the trilogy. Unbelievable, gorgeous writing and wonderful storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 1/24/2011

    " This book had a real shocker in it, hence making me read further on. This was a great book, well written and organized. The climax was perfect. This is recommeded. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernesto | 10/18/2010

    " it was an intresting book about a girl and a boy she liked and that boy turned out to be something else...
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaite | 10/1/2010

    " This is a great book. LaVagnn is a 15 year old girl who is in love with Jody, he acts like he loves her but does he? LaVagnn is very stressed about her parents and family. She is worried because her two friends are taking other paths that she might not want to take. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 laaaaames | 6/18/2010

    " I think I'm in the minority because I actually liked this even more than Make Lemonade! I actually laughed aloud at parts, and felt myself fight back the urge to hug the book to my chest more than once. I adore LaVaughn so much.

    (read: 95) "

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About the Author
Author Virginia Euwer WolffVirginia Euwer Wolff is the distinguished author of six books for young readers. Her books have won the National Book Award, the Michael L. Printz Honor, the Golden Kite Award, the International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, the Jane Addams Book Award, the PEN-West Book Award, and the Oregon Book Award, among many other honors. Critics have called make lemonade and true believer, the previous two books in this trilogy, “triumphant”–(School Library Journal), “transcendent”–(ALA Booklist), and “groundbreaking”–(Publishers Weekly). Virginia Euwer Wolff lives and works in Oregon City, Oregon.
About the Narrator

Heather Alicia Simms is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator and actress. Her filmography includes Broken Flowers, Flutter Kick, Shock Act, Kingscounty, Head of State, Third Watch, and others. She also provided voice acting for the video game Red Dead Revolver.