Redwood and Ponytail / K.A. Holt.

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      Summary: Told in verse in two voices, with a chorus of fellow students, this is a story of two girls, opposites in many ways, who are drawn to each other; Kate appears to be a stereotypical cheerleader with a sleek ponytail and a perfectly polished persona, Tam is tall, athletic and frequently mistaken for a boy, but their deepening friendship inevitably changes and reveals them in ways they did not anticipate.
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      HOLT, K. A. Redwood and Ponytail. [s.l.] : Chronicle Books, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 16 nov. 2019.
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      Holt KA. Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books; 2019. Accessed November 16, 2019.
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      Holt, K. A. (2019). Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books. Retrieved from
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      Holt, K. A. 2019. Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books.
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      Holt, K. A. (2019) Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books. Available at: (Accessed: 16 November 2019).
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      Holt, KA 2019, Redwood and Ponytail, Chronicle Books, viewed 16 November 2019, .
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      Holt, K. A. Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      Holt, K. A. Redwood and Ponytail. Chronicle Books, 2019.
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      Holt KA. Redwood and Ponytail [Internet]. Chronicle Books; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 16]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1

*Starred Review* With her latest novel in verse, Holt returns to the world of House Arrest (2015) and Knockout (2018), this time turning her focus to the story of Kate and Tam. Kate, with her "perfect swinging" ponytail, is next in line to be cheerleading captain, much to the satisfaction of her demanding, ex-cheerleader mother. Tam, tall as a redwood, is a popular volleyball jock whose "hippie" mother and elderly lesbian neighbors help her feel free to be herself. When the new school year brings the two girls together, they form an immediate bond, but it's a friendship that soon feels like something more, and each of them must make sense of their feelings in the face of first love and the pressure of outside expectations. The free verse narration is totally accessible, flowing quick and clear, and Holt plays with form, beautifully highlighting the parallel internal journeys, often achieving something akin to a musical duet. Ultimately, this is a middle-school romance concerned with the thrilling, confusing, world-shifting emotions of that age. In an afterword, Holt writes that this was the book she needed when she was a kid, and all kinds of children will find hope in what, more than anything, is a moving story well-told. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 August #1

Holt (Knockout) once again offers keen insight into the social pressures and vulnerabilities of middle schoolers in this novel in verse, which traces the mutual attraction between two seventh grade girls. "Tall as a palm tree" Tam, a jock, is sometimes mistaken for a boy; "with her "perfect/ swinging/ ponytail," Kate resembles "every clichéd cheerleader." Despite their differences, though, they establish a friendship that evolves into something deeper. Conflicts arise when Kate's friends and social-status-obsessed mother disapprove of Tam, and she fears that people will see her as "twisted up,/ not right" because she is gay. Ultimately, she must choose between molding herself into the girl her mother wants her to be and following her own path. The girls' interior monologues, sometimes merging on the page, sometimes visually set apart, effectively show their shared feelings and contrasting perspectives, and the voices of three onlooking students function as a Greek chorus, highlighting transitions in the girls' relationship. In a story thoughtfully formed and eloquently executed, Holt offers affirmation and hope to readers struggling to fit in. Ages 10–14. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary Agency. (Oct.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.