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Publisher Comments:

Seventh-grader Serena Shaw is trying to keep up at school while rehearsing for the lead role in the spring musical and dealing with a father so "blue" he is nearly catatonic. With the aid of a not-so-secret admirer, as well as a growing sense of self-confidence, she faces the challenges of caring for herself and her ball-of-charm younger brother—all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen. Readers will be drawn into this convincing portrait of a vivacious young person who is on a path to discovering that taking on responsibility sometimes means finding the best way to ask for help.

Review:

"In this coming-of-age tale, Jones creates a moving portrait of a girl forced by her mother's death and her father's incapacitating depression to accept adult household and child-raising responsibilities. Whether making afterschool arrangements for her younger brother, Henry; rehearsing for her role in the school play; handling laundry, shopping, and cooking; or finding time for homework, seventh-grader Serena responds with grace, fortitude, and humor to her challenges until, incrementally, they begin to overwhelm her. Jones (Finding My Place) offers a harrowing depiction of depression as witnessed and comprehended through young eyes, the suspense centering on whether Serena will recognize the gravity of her father's illness in time to seek help. Complex relationships with friends emphasize Serena's exposure to a wide range of social choices. Visual and dramatic arts figure highly: singing provides Serena with her one trusted mode of self-expression, while the novel's title refers to Henry's painting of Serena, which creates a turning point moment. Jones leaves readers with a sense of hope, though it's clear Serena and Henry's problems are far from over. Ages 10 — 14. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

After the death of her mother, seventh-grader Serena finds herself facing the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother, Henry, all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen.

About the Author

Traci L. Jones grew up in Denver, Colorado, in the very same house in which she now lives with her husband and four children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374369149
Author:
Jones, Traci L.
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
Social Issues - Depression & Mental Illness
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Edition Description:
Middle-Grade Fiction
Publication Date:
20110731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5 up to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 10 up to 14

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Product details 224 pages Farrar Straus Giroux - English 9780374369149 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this coming-of-age tale, Jones creates a moving portrait of a girl forced by her mother's death and her father's incapacitating depression to accept adult household and child-raising responsibilities. Whether making afterschool arrangements for her younger brother, Henry; rehearsing for her role in the school play; handling laundry, shopping, and cooking; or finding time for homework, seventh-grader Serena responds with grace, fortitude, and humor to her challenges until, incrementally, they begin to overwhelm her. Jones (Finding My Place) offers a harrowing depiction of depression as witnessed and comprehended through young eyes, the suspense centering on whether Serena will recognize the gravity of her father's illness in time to seek help. Complex relationships with friends emphasize Serena's exposure to a wide range of social choices. Visual and dramatic arts figure highly: singing provides Serena with her one trusted mode of self-expression, while the novel's title refers to Henry's painting of Serena, which creates a turning point moment. Jones leaves readers with a sense of hope, though it's clear Serena and Henry's problems are far from over. Ages 10 — 14. (July)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
After the death of her mother, seventh-grader Serena finds herself facing the day-to-day challenges of caring for herself and her younger brother, Henry, all while attempting to lead the life of a normal pre-teen.
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