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Adam and Eve and Pinch Me (book)


Adam and Eve and Pinch Me
Author Julie Johnston
Language English
Genre Fiction
Published 1994
Publisher Lester Publishing Limited
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Plot Summary

Sara Moone is a 15 year old girl floating through life trying not to get attached to anyone. As she says "If you don't want your heart broken, don't let on that you have one" [1]. She belongs to Children's Aid. She has been to many foster homes, so many she's lost count. [2].This is the last foster home she will ever have to go to as she is almost 16, the age you can legally drop out of the system. She moves in with the Huddlestons. This includes Ma and Hud as well as two other foster children, Josh and Nick. Sara's goal for life is to drop out of school and move north. She mentions being a bush pilot. Sara's main friend is a machine, her computer. A gift from her last foster father. Throughout the book, as she begins to open up more, she begins to befriend others and allow herself to feel the things shes been hiding from for so long.This story shows Sara transforming "from a defiant, introverted foster child who hates to be touched, into an involved and important member of her new family and community."[3]


Her first real friend is Matt, the boy who lives down the highway at a Bed and Breakfast with his mother. He is someone who she tries to avoid, although he seems to be trying to get to know her a little better. Initially he sits next to her on the bus to school sometimes. After they talk a few times, he starts to ask her some more personal questions, to which she gives next to no answers. Throughout the book, the reader sees their relationship develop and blossom into a beautiful friendship. He insists upon trying to help Sara break out of her shell she has developed for so long. She does hurt his feelings with her harsh comments once or twice, which she instantly regrets, however they always recover.


Sara has some problems accepting Josh, her new foster brother, into her life. He is young, about 3 or 4 years old. Sara finds him extremely annoying at times. He interrupts her repeatedly while she is busy doing other things. As the story progresses however she comes to feel a bit of empathy for him. He was beaten by his mother[4] something Sara has apparently seen quite a bit of in her lifetime. The turning point in their relationship is when Sara tries to play "Adam and Eve and Pinch Me" with Josh[5], something she had been tricked into before. When she pinches him, his feelings get hurt and Sara tries to talk herself out of pitying him however fails[6]. They grow from there, Sara feeling similar to Josh's personal guard against Nick.


Sara feels like she needs to find a part time job. Initially Ma suggests getting a job at the Ee-lite. As shes inquiring about that job[7], Matt mentions working for a man who comes every summer to stay at his family's Bed and Breakfast. The only thing about that job was it required a computer and printer[8]. Only one of which Sara had. However she promised Grainger Cleary she would have that as soon as possible. After he assured her that he had one she could borrow, she got straight to work.


The twist for this book is The Woman who is looking for her daughter she put up for adoption almost 16 years ago. She had heard through Children's Aid Sara would be transferring to this new home[9] and The Woman knew that it was Sara she was looking for. It seems Sara knows this woman is most likely her mother, something she isn't extraordinarily excited about. Throughout the book we see Sara's struggle of accepting this new woman into her life or supporting Ma after a tragedy in the family.


About the Author


Julie Johnston was raised in a small town in Eastern Ontario. She went to the University of Toronto and studied physio and occupational therapy. She then worked at the Ontario Hospital School for physically and mentally handicapped children, located in Smith Falls. She traveled for several months in Europe. Her next adventures included travelling around a bit more within Ontario then settling down and raising four daughters.[10]Johnston also wrote Hero of Lesser Causes. This book was published in 1992 and also won the Governor General's Award for Text in Children's Literature in 1992[11].


Awards


This book was awarded the Governor General's Award for Text in Children's Literature in 1994, the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award in 1995, and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award also in 1995[12].[13]





  1. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print.
  2. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print.Page 2.
  3. ^ http://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.library.ubc.ca/docview/215189678/abstract?accountid=14656
  4. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print. Page 141.
  5. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print. Page 40.
  6. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print.
  7. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print. Page 44
  8. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print. Page 45
  9. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print.Page 9.
  10. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/187837.Julie_Johnston
  11. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/187837.Julie_Johnston
  12. ^ http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/187837.Julie_Johnston
  13. ^ Johnston, Julie. Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Lester Pub, 1994. Print.