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Jumping the Nail
 
 
Author
Eve Bunting.
Publisher Harcourt  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7 x 4.2 x 0.5 inches
ISBN 9780152413583
Pages/Publication Date 172/1991
Daedalus Item Code 23743
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(An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age) The jumping place is called the Nail—a gap between two seaside cliffs, and a 90-foot drop into deep water below—in this young adult novel by Irish-born storyteller Eve Bunting. Dru had heard about people jumping the Nail, but no one had dared since a terrible accident ten years ago—until her emotionally fragile friend Elisa, desperate not to disappoint her boyfriend Scooter, says she will jump the Nail with him.

"It's Bunting's acknowledgment of the allure of danger and the power that comes from facing it, as well as her on-target depiction of how easy it is to lose perspective when you fall in love, that makes her novel more than just a good, fast read."—Booklist

"Rising 90 feet above the water, the cliff known as the Nail looms large in the legends of the teens in the coastal community of Paloma, California. A jump off the cliff into the ocean below rates an entry on the roster of names carved into the cliff's 'danger' sign, and now, despite the risk, Dru's best friend, Elisa, is jumping in order to please her boyfriend. This jump causes her chronic depression to resurface, and raises for Dru all sorts of issues regarding peer pressure, insecurity, and parental demands... Bunting excels in her descriptions of the cliff, the anticipation of the jump, and Elisa's wild imaginings of what she experienced in the watery depths. The author does equally well in recalling the uncertain stirrings and emotions inherent in new relationships. Dru's perceptions and observations are right on target, and Bunting shows clearly that the pressure to conform or concede can be as blatant as a demand to jump off a cliff or as subtle as a request couched in gentle words."—School Library Journal

 
 
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