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    Sweet coming of age

    Dummy and Me is an intriguing story with ventriloquism as a fresh approach for tweens and teens that are struggling to finding their identity. It’s believable, touching and realistic. Deanna is an admirable teen that in spite of her insecurities finds happiness and self-acceptance by giving joy to kids in a Children’s Hospital. I especially liked the way Ramblin’ Roy, the dummy her grandfather used to teach her ventriloquism, helped her to face a less pleasant memory of her mother’s desertion giving Deanna new hope for the future, bringing some closure. The characters were all likeable and touched my heart as they did hers. I’m not a young adult but I enjoyed Dummy and Me, a warm well-written story that is one of several written by Sydell Voeller
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    Teen angst

    Fifteen-year-old Deanna Lambert is miserable. She can't find her niche with the popular kids at school and believes she is ugly. Then too, after her mother deserted the family to pursue an acting career in New York City, Deanna's father has grown distant and embittered. Now Deanna is saddled with most all the chores at home--and she and her dad barely communicate. Yet Deanna's one happy escape is her volunteer work at the nearby Children's Hospital. There the activities director convinces her to get back into her ventriloquism, a creative skill Deanna's grandfather had taught her years earlier. Deanna and her puppet, Ramblin' Roy, entertain and delight the young hospital patients, but Deanna is worried. What if the kids at her school discover what she's doing? Will they think she's just "a baby" who still plays with dolls? Deanna takes the risk, but one problem soon leads to another. Can she ever gain true acceptance at school, especially from Jason, the guy whom she has a major crush on? And most of all, can Deanna embrace her gift of ventriloquism, and in so doing, come to terms with her mother's leaving?
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    Heartwarming

    "Dummy and Me" was a heartwarming read, a book I couldn't put down. Deanna Lambert suffers from typical teenage angst, wanting to belong with the "in" crowd at school. Her mother is estranged from the family, and Deanna and her dad have communication problems. One outlet for Deanna is her dummy, Ramblin' Roy, and her skill with ventriloquism. The scene in which she entertains the youngsters at the Children's Hospital is especially poignant and cute. This was truly a delightful read, and as with all of Sydell Voeller's stories, a good pick-me-up.
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