This listing is for 6 copies of Rosey in the Present Tense. It is listed as a 6.3 grade level equivalent reading level on Scholastic. I bought these for literature circles in my classroom, and they were never used before I left the classroom. Books MAY have a label inside front cover that says, “This book belongs to Ms. Erin J Thomas”. Books MAY have a library pocket in back cover with library card that includes title and author of book (for student check-outs).
From School Library Journal
Grade 7-9-Last summer, 17-year-old Franklin lost "his girl" Rosey in a fatal car accident and he is inconsolable. Six months of time, counseling, and medication have left him no better. As the miracle of true love would have it, Rosey returns as an apparition, visible only to Lin (as she calls him). She is caught between two worlds. She has returned to console her grief-stricken boyfriend, yet she yearns for her natural place in some peaceful unknown. Franklin tries to ignore her inexplicable longing for something out of his world. He masks his disappointment that she's reduced to shattered light particles when he tries to touch her. Although he is able to see Rosey, he remains blind to the obvious-she is weaning him of his dependency on their past, awakening him to the life that surrounds him, and introducing him to the possibilities in his future. Readers learn about the couple's past relationship from journal entries that Franklin keeps for his psychiatrist. There's a light-handedness to this story that's reminiscent of a tepid teen version of the movie Ghost. This book is not about mourning; it's a sweet (if artificial) tonic to temper the loneliness of loss. Marion Dane Bauer's On My Honor (Clarion, 1986) and Peter Pohl's I Miss You, I Miss You! (Farrar, 1999) are more realistic novels about the gaping hole that sudden death exacts.
Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ages 12 and up