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How I Saved My Father's Life: (And Ruined Everything Else)

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A twelve year old girl's quest for faith and understanding, in the face of ballet, her parents' divorce, and a move to a new town.

Madeline's struggle to understand the world around her will resonate with readers of all ages.

Ann Hood is the acclaimed author of seven novels and a short-story collection, AN ORNITHOLOGIST'S GUIDE TO LIFE. Her short stories and essays have appeared in THE NEW YORK TIMES, GLIMMER TRAIN, DOUBLE TAKE, THE MISSOURI REVIEW, THE WASHINGTON POST, TRAVELER, BON APPETIT, and many other publications.

She has won a Pushcart Prize, Best American Spiritual Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction.

She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Praise for AN ORNITHOLOGIST'S GUIDE TO LIFE:

"Hood is a seductive storyteller, given her emotionally reckless and nonconformist characters, sensuous detail, precise dialogue, and keen rendition of the inner monologue that so often contradicts what we say and do.... Arresting." --- BOOKLIST

Review:

"Hood (The Knitting Circle; Comfort, Reviews, Feb. 25) may be most recently celebrated for her adult novel and her memoir about grief, but her first YA title is a pitch-perfect comedy. Her subject here is also painful — divorce — but the narrative voice is exquisitely if unwittingly funny while true to the perspective of a child. Eleven-year-old Madeline, who assures readers up front that she's 'not even a religious person,' wants to become a saint. Why? She believes that her praying has miraculously saved her father from an avalanche, and with one more miracle she can fix the unintended consequences: her father has subsequently divorced her mother, moved to Manhattan, married a chic pastry chef named Ava Pomme and fathered a baby. Hood takes no shortcuts with any of her characters, allowing them to withstand Madeline's scorn or adulation in all their complexity. Rarely has divorce been shown so astutely from a child's point of view. Ages 11-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

An acclaimed author of adult novels and short stories delivers her first novel for young readers, with this story of a 12-year-old girl's quest for faith and understanding in the face of her parents' divorce and a move to a new town.

Synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Madeline believes she can perform miracles.  And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche.  But, unmiraculously, he divorces Madeline’s mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries Ava Pomme, a renowned tart maker.  

When he leaves, Madeline is left with her mother, who is slowly coming undone; her hypochondriac little brother, who spends his days worrying about air-bag safety; a house that is falling apart around her; and no clue how to perform the miracle that will fix it all.

Amidst ballet lessons, insufferable recipe experiments for her mother’s Family magazine column, and a life-changing trip to Italy, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith—and family—in this moving novel by acclaimed author Ann Hood.

Synopsis:

Acclaimed author Ann Hood brings Scholastic her first YA novel.

A twelve year old girl's quest for faith and understanding, in the face of ballet, her parents' divorce, and a move to a new town.

Madeline's struggle to understand the world around her will resonate with readers of all ages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780439928199
Author:
Hood, Ann
Publisher:
Scholastic Press
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Family - Marriage & Divorce
Subject:
Social Issues - Moving
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Italy
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 224 pages Scholastic Press - English 9780439928199 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hood (The Knitting Circle; Comfort, Reviews, Feb. 25) may be most recently celebrated for her adult novel and her memoir about grief, but her first YA title is a pitch-perfect comedy. Her subject here is also painful — divorce — but the narrative voice is exquisitely if unwittingly funny while true to the perspective of a child. Eleven-year-old Madeline, who assures readers up front that she's 'not even a religious person,' wants to become a saint. Why? She believes that her praying has miraculously saved her father from an avalanche, and with one more miracle she can fix the unintended consequences: her father has subsequently divorced her mother, moved to Manhattan, married a chic pastry chef named Ava Pomme and fathered a baby. Hood takes no shortcuts with any of her characters, allowing them to withstand Madeline's scorn or adulation in all their complexity. Rarely has divorce been shown so astutely from a child's point of view. Ages 11-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An acclaimed author of adult novels and short stories delivers her first novel for young readers, with this story of a 12-year-old girl's quest for faith and understanding in the face of her parents' divorce and a move to a new town.
"Synopsis" by ,
Twelve-year-old Madeline believes she can perform miracles.  And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche.  But, unmiraculously, he divorces Madeline’s mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries Ava Pomme, a renowned tart maker.  

When he leaves, Madeline is left with her mother, who is slowly coming undone; her hypochondriac little brother, who spends his days worrying about air-bag safety; a house that is falling apart around her; and no clue how to perform the miracle that will fix it all.

Amidst ballet lessons, insufferable recipe experiments for her mother’s Family magazine column, and a life-changing trip to Italy, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith—and family—in this moving novel by acclaimed author Ann Hood.

"Synopsis" by ,
Acclaimed author Ann Hood brings Scholastic her first YA novel.

A twelve year old girl's quest for faith and understanding, in the face of ballet, her parents' divorce, and a move to a new town.

Madeline's struggle to understand the world around her will resonate with readers of all ages.

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