Chasing Orion

Chasing Orion When a beautiful teen with polio enters their lives a girl and her older brother find themselves drawn into a web of lies in this compelling novel by a best selling author Eleven year old Georgie lov

  • Title: Chasing Orion
  • Author: Kathryn Lasky
  • ISBN: 9780763639822
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When a beautiful teen with polio enters their lives, a girl and her older brother find themselves drawn into a web of lies in this compelling novel by a best selling author.Eleven year old Georgie loves science fiction movies, but she won t be going to the theater anytime soon It s a hot Indiana summer in 1952, and public places from pools to camps are closing to slow theWhen a beautiful teen with polio enters their lives, a girl and her older brother find themselves drawn into a web of lies in this compelling novel by a best selling author.Eleven year old Georgie loves science fiction movies, but she won t be going to the theater anytime soon It s a hot Indiana summer in 1952, and public places from pools to camps are closing to slow the spread of polio Despite all the headlines, Georgie never thought she d come as close to the fearful disease as she does when she spies a silver glint in her neighbor s yard There she discovers a monstrous, hissing machine, and inside is Phyllis, a girl encased in an iron lung I have eighty seven cubic centimeters of air, but you have the world, Phyllis tells her Phyllis s ability to breathe may be limited, but her strength to manipulate is boundless As Georgie struggles to comprehend this once gorgeous teenager s life in a coffin with legs, Phyllis slowly weaves a web of lies that snare all those around her, including Georgie s quickly smitten brother Can Georgie untangle the truth before Phyllis s deception achieves its inevitable end

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    1. Kathryn Lasky

      Kathryn Lasky is the American author of many critically acclaimed books, including several Dear America books, several Royal Diaries books, 1984 Newbery Honor winning Sugaring Time, The Night Journey, and the Guardians of Ga Hoole series She was born June 24, 1944, and grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is married to Christopher Knight, with whom she lives in Massachusetts.Book 15, The War of the Ember, is currently the last book in the Ga Hoole series The Rise of a Legend is the 16th book but is a prequel to the series Lasky has also written Guide Book To The Great Tree and Lost Tales Of Ga Hoole which are companion books.

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    1. Chasing Orion is a wholly different sort of fictional perspective on the time of the major U.S. polio outbreak in the early 1950s. Before Jonas Salk developed his polio vaccine in 1955, the epidemic of this fearsome and frightening disease ravaged the middle of our country for a span of a few years, littering cities big and small with dead and disfigured citizens as plentifully as discarded candy wrappers, and understandably causing much fear and some degree of panic in people who were afraid th [...]

    2. Kathryn Lasky's newest novel is set in Indiana during a polio epidemic in the summer of 1952. The story is narrated by 11-year-old Georgie, who has just moved cross-town to a new neighborhood, where she knows no one. Georgie is bored out of her mind, since she's not allowed to swim in public pools, go to camp or to the movies because of the all-pervasive fear of contracting polio. Georgie has a strange obsession with the disease, tracking the number of new cases daily in the newspaper and memori [...]

    3. This YA book had many different interwoven layers. The main story was set in the 50's during the time before the polio vaccine. Pools and movie theaters were closing to stop the disease from spreading. Georgie's teenage next-door-neighbor fell victim to this terrible disease is no longer able to breathe on her own. Actually meeting a polio surviver who lives in an iron lung is fascinating to Georgie who is a little bit obsessed with reading the daily stats on polio cases in the newspaper every d [...]

    4. Author Kathryn Lasky was prompted to write Chasing Orion, by her own childhood experiences growing up in the 1950s. As a child Lasky read newspaper stories about polio cases, then checked herself obsessively for symptoms, and then – due to the hot Indiana summers – begged to go swimming, since “it was so hard to imagine that I might actually die from it.” In Chasing Orion, 11-year-old Georgie becomes obsessed with the 1952 polio epidemic spreading rapidly across her home state of Indiana [...]

    5. Set in the 1950s during the polio epidemics, this is a many layered story. I am not sure how students today would handle this book. I think it would best be left to girls to find it on their own.

    6. This book offers an insightful look into life during the polio scare of the early 1950s. The story is almost more of a journal, with the main character sharing all of her conflicting hopes, emotions, and dreams. I liked the sincere voice of a preteen, with the angst of wanting to grow up, fit in, and make friends. Our oldest has been a big fan of Kathryn Lasky's books; she's read all of the Wolves of the Beyond series and is still working her way through the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. She was [...]

    7. This book takes place in the summer of 1952. The main character, Georgie Mason, is an eleven-year-old girl. She is not allowed to swim because her mother fears that she will catch polio, even though she loves to swim. Georgies hobbies are building miniature scenes from her favorite stories and watching the starts at night with her brother Emmet. Georgie just found out that her neighbor, Phyllis Keller, an older teenage girl, has polio. Emmet and Georgie visit Phyllis to keep her company. Sometim [...]

    8. Quick Review: I enjoyed this story about life during the summer of 1952, when the fear of polio had public places (like theaters and swimming pools) closing one after another. Georgia, our 11-year-old narrator, is fed-up. Not only has her family just moved all the way across their Indiana town (meaning she'll have to switch schools and never sees her old friends), but because of polio, all her favorite summer activities have been canceled. She and her teenage brother, Emmett, are stuck at home.C [...]

    9. The story focused on Phyllis, a teenager confined to an iron lung for the rest of her life because of polio. The story is told through Phyllis' new next door neighbor Georgie. Phyllis has been in the iron lung for so long that attempts to wean her off the machine have failed. Phyllis wants to end her life and only Georgie realizes that she is manipulating Emmett, Georgie's older brother, into helping her. The book was very interesting. Providing a glimpse of what it was like to be a kid when pol [...]

    10. I really liked this story. Georgie is presented as a very real, honest 12 year-old, with all the associated inner dialogue, emotions, reactions, and dreams. The story moves through ordinary things in her life (new school, making friends, family gatherings, summertime) but in anchored by the Polio epidemic and the teenage girl living in an iron lung at the house next door. There is a lots of discussion about Polio, and just as much about astronomy, so the book feels like it has a lot of content t [...]

    11. In the summer of 1952, a polio outbreak shuts down public spaces in a small Indiana town. New to the neighborhood, eleven year old Georgie and her seventeen year old brother Emmett meet their seventeen year old neighbor Phyllis who is encased in an iron lung. Through summer evenings star gazing, both siblings form a relationship with Phyllis. However, Georgie soon becomes uneasy with Phyllis' manipulation of those around her and in particular her hold over Emmett. As Georgie struggles to make se [...]

    12. If the first 250 pages had been tightened to 150 pages I might have loved this book. The story of living during the time when uncontrolled Polio destroyed lives, tugged at my heart. Georgie's love and concern for her brother Emmett who thinks he's in love with Phyllis who lives in an Iron Lung are a great plot. But the author spends so much time wallowing in Georgie's thoughts which are not always relevant to the story or accurate for the 1950's, seems to go on forever. Then the climax is told i [...]

    13. I bought this for J Fiction and one of my coworkers read it and thought it might be better in YA. Need to read it to find out.Now that I've read it, I kind of agree. My coworker lived during this time of polio paranoia, and that part of the book really could be kind of scary for kids. Georgie's family moves to a new neighborhood, and the next door neighbor - a beautiful high school girl - is in an iron lung due to polio. She seduces Georgie's shy older brother over the course of several months, [...]

    14. Why should we vaccinate our children? Because I don't want to have to avoid movie theatres, public pools, and large crowds (Disneyland!) for fear of my children getting a deadly disease! The days of polio scares are more than 50 years ago and not many people remember them now; even less know the realities of polio and what could happen. I loved this book because it not only gave a glimpse of the scare, it introduced us to a girl who had everything going for her, except a polio vaccine to save he [...]

    15. A precocious and lonely 11 year old girl moves in next door to a teenager in an iron lung, victim to the polio outbreak in the 1950's. It's an interesting and emotional story, told by a very emotionally deep 11 year old (kind of surprised the author didn't make her older). It's a well written book and I learned something about what it would be like to have polio, but I didn't like that the tone of the book was so negative. It focused nearly completely on what the girl lost, not on what she had o [...]

    16. In 1952, eleven-year-old Georgie moves to a new house, where her new neighbor, teenager Phyllis, is trapped in an iron lung as a result of polio. Lasky creates a gripping look at the effects of polio on everyday life and the tragedy of its destruction of young lives, presented through Georgie's eyes. Phyllis becomes Georgie's brother's first girlfriend, and the contrast between her beauty and former life and her trapped status is presented clearly. Not suitable for religious readers due to roman [...]

    17. We liked the setting (Indianapolis) and subject (polio epidemic) but the pacing was slow and the book was long - felt like we were reading it forever! Georgie's fascination with her neighbor Phyllis' condition (in an iron long) is easily relate-able but we had trouble sustaining interest. Georgie reflects and speculates and the plot itself doesn't go far. We liked all the astronomy - this book had so much going for it but it just wasn't a good fit as a read aloud for a young boy (however, he ins [...]

    18. This book was an interesting historical fiction about the time when polio was a real threat to young people around the world. Chasing Orion follows a young lady desperate to be normal and to be involved in group activities in their new town (like swimming) but instead having to be shielded and sheltered for her own health. She and her older brother befriend their neighbor, Phyllis, a 17-year old in an iron lung. Phyllis is very manipulative and soon entraps them in a dangerous scheme. Interestin [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and flowed smoothly. A very quick read. I learned a lot that I didn't know and also enjoyed getting to know the characters. I gave four stars instead of five because I would have liked to see a but more wrap up between Georgie, Emmett and Phyllis. Their relationship ended very abruptly and I would have liked to see a bit more. Other than that a great read that brought the horrors of the polio epidemic to life.

    20. This book was fantastic. The last Kathryn Lasky book I read was one of the Camp Princess books, so I was a little hesitant to read this, thinking it would be a light fluffy book. I was surprised to find it packed with emotion, suspense, and fear. The main character, Georgie, is someone we can all relate to, as she adjusts to the life of an 11 year old. I recommend this book to anyone who is in for a heart wrenching story.

    21. dumb book. I don't know why I kept reading, but I did. It was set in the time of the 1950's poilio outbreak, which was interesting to read about (and think about mow my parents were both toddlers during that time). But still, it was more of a coming of age book for an 11yo girl. You know the kind. And I really get irked big time when there's stuff about sex in a junior fiction book. It's really annoying.

    22. I've got mixed feelings on this one. I love Georgie's character. And Evelyn, too. I really don't know what I think about Phyllis, though. Also, I'm not so sure that an 11-year-old girl in 1952 would be thinking about sex quite so often. The story was well done, but I don't know who to recommend it to. The character would be most interesting to older elementary age girls, but I don't know that the subject matter would appeal to the same group.

    23. Lasky is a master at weaving an interest in science into a fictional story. I am sad after having read this book. Although the main character is resilient in the face of a sinister foil, the climax was a bit abrupt. Loose ends dangle and I may have to dream new endings until I put this story to rest.

    24. Loved the time period, sympathized with narrator as I'm sure I would have been fascinated by polio in the day as well. Hated the girl with polio, found the brother to be static and spineless, and felt it jumped around a lot with little tying it together. If pressed to talk about theme, I think a middle schooler would struggle to find the point on his own.

    25. The beginning of the book started off too slow for me. I understand that the book is told from the perspective of an 11 year old, but it seemed a bit superficial at first. However, as the book goes on, it gets better and more interesting. I enjoyed Georgia's intuitiveness to figure out underlining things Phyllis would say.

    26. My weird obsession with fictional works with polio plot lines led me a little astray here--too "spooky" for me, may have worked when I was in 4th grade (which is the target audience, after all.) The search continues

    27. I liked bits and pieces of this book, but overall I found the characters to be unrelatable and the plot to be bland. Sadly, I can't say I'd recommend it. I honestly had a difficult time even trying to finish it.

    28. Oddly enough another book about polio. In Lasky's wonderful writing style the story takes you inside a young girl full of creativity, wonder and spirit. Her neighbour is in an iron lung and her brother seems to be obsessed with her.

    29. I admire Ms. Lasky, but I do think she needs advice on her audience. I would have been so much more comfortable with recommending this book, if the character was a couple years older. As with some of her other books, the sexual-awareness, coming-of-age aspect limits the universal appeal.

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