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Romiette and Julio (Paperback)

Author:  Sharon M. Draper Illustrator:  Adam Lowenbein
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0689821808
ISBN-13: 9780689821806
Sku: 30479349
Publish Date: 1/16/2003
Pages:  240
Edition Number:  1
Age Range:  15 to 19
 
Suddenly, Romiette sat up in her bed. Her nightgown was damp and clinging to her body. (from the first line)
Romiette, an African-American girl, and Julio, a Hispanic boy, discover they attend the same high school after falling in love on the Internet and the two are harassed by gang members who object to interracial dating.
From the Publisher:
Do you feel the soul of another calling to

you? Do you know in your heart that your

destiny and his wore meant to merge In

the cosmos? We can help you find him.

When Romiette Cappelle and her best friend, Destiny, decide to order The Scientific Soul Mate System from the back of Heavy Hunks magazine, they're not sure what they're getting into. But Destiny, a self-proclaimed psychic, assures Romi that for $44.99 plus shipping and handling, it's the only way they're ever going to find out who their soul mates really are. If nothing else, maybe Romi will get some insight into that recurring dream she's been having about fire and water.

But they never expect that the scented candle and tube of dream ointment will live up to their promises and merge Romiette's destiny with that of Julio Montague, a boy she's just met in the "cosmos" of an Internet chat room. It turns out they go to the same high school, not to mention having almost the same names as Shakespeare's famous lovers! Sweet-scented dreams of Julio have almost overtaken Romi's nightmares...

...when suddenly they return, but this time in real life. It seems the Devildogs, a local gang, violently oppose the relationship of Romiette and Julio. Soon they find themselves haunted by the purple-clad shadows of the gang, and the fire and water of Romiette's dream merge in ways more terrifying -- and ultimately more affirming -- than even Destiny could have foreseen.

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This dramatic spin on Shakespeare's play, ROMEO AND JULIET, moves the action to modern-day Cincinnati. Romiette Cappelle and Julio Montague correspond with each other through cyber-chats, and plan to meet one another when they realize they have a lot in common--what they don't realize is that they attend the same high school! The pair begins to fall in love, and their relationship is wonderful. But things could change when a group of thugs don't want them to date because Romiette is African-American and Julio is Hispanic. Will the two end their relationship, or overcome the prejudice that threatens to destroy them? By the author of TEARS OF A TIGER.
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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0240
Product attributePublisher:   Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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