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Publisher Comments:

“In a series of exquisitely presented snapshots, a young teen struggles to cope with the aftermath of her mothers suicide. . . . Stunningly beautiful.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“Readers are drawn into Isabels world and her determination to keep on going in the face of her overwhelming loss and responsibilities.”—School Library Journal, Starred

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults

A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

A Kirkus Reviews Editors Choice

A Parents Choice Gold Award

Review:

"Holt's (My Louisiana Sky; When Zachery Came to Town) evocative novel set in Guam traces the difficult months following the suicide of native girl Isabel's mother. Brief (half- to three-page) chapters capture the heroine's moods and memories as she takes on added responsibilities at home and struggles to reclaim a sense of normalcy. Isabel's narrative poetically conveys her observations about the changes in each of her family members since the tragedy. Her younger sister, Olivia, now has nightmares and wets the bed; her father, always a man of few words, becomes even more silent and distant than before ('He's the magic man, reinventing the disappearing act'). Isabel is most deeply affected by the alterations in her brother's behavior. Frank, who once 'knew every knock-knock joke by heart,' becomes 'a stranger in the house,' as he grows increasingly removed and self-destructive. Holt smoothly juxtaposes here-and-now segments with haunting recollections of Isabel's 'sad and beautiful' mother, whose image starts to fade in the narrator's mind over time. The author works magic, recreating the sights, sounds and smells of Guam and encapsulating the essence of her characters through very few words. Readers drawn into Isabel's sadness will also share her surge of hope as she and family members begin the process of healing. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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ISBN:
9780553494419
Author:
Holt, Kimberly Willi
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf
Author:
Holt, Kimberly Willis
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Death & Dying
Subject:
Social Issues - Death & Dying
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Family problems
Subject:
Situations / Death & Dying
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Readers Circle
Publication Date:
20050308
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
6.94x4.28x.94 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 336 pages Laurel-Leaf Books - English 9780553494419 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Holt's (My Louisiana Sky; When Zachery Came to Town) evocative novel set in Guam traces the difficult months following the suicide of native girl Isabel's mother. Brief (half- to three-page) chapters capture the heroine's moods and memories as she takes on added responsibilities at home and struggles to reclaim a sense of normalcy. Isabel's narrative poetically conveys her observations about the changes in each of her family members since the tragedy. Her younger sister, Olivia, now has nightmares and wets the bed; her father, always a man of few words, becomes even more silent and distant than before ('He's the magic man, reinventing the disappearing act'). Isabel is most deeply affected by the alterations in her brother's behavior. Frank, who once 'knew every knock-knock joke by heart,' becomes 'a stranger in the house,' as he grows increasingly removed and self-destructive. Holt smoothly juxtaposes here-and-now segments with haunting recollections of Isabel's 'sad and beautiful' mother, whose image starts to fade in the narrator's mind over time. The author works magic, recreating the sights, sounds and smells of Guam and encapsulating the essence of her characters through very few words. Readers drawn into Isabel's sadness will also share her surge of hope as she and family members begin the process of healing. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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