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"Irish author Newman's first solo effort and U.S. debut will win readers' hearts through the conversational tone and openhearted observations of elementary school — aged narrator Mimi, whose mother died 149 days earlier (she is counting) after being hit by a bus. Mimi's life has settled into something of a routine, with Mimi drawing comfort from her extended family and grandparents, but it's not enough: Mimi's family is falling down around her. Her father burns pizza every night for dinner; laundry and groceries have fallen by the wayside; Mimi does not brush her teeth, is late for school, and only does her homework on Wednesdays; and her older siblings, Sally and Conor, barely talk to Mimi or each other. Newman ably conveys a family hanging together by a thread; that Mimi, who is Chinese, is adopted is nearly incidental to the plot — until a climactic scene in which she stands up to a school bully. Closing chapters, set six months after the rest of the book's events, provide just enough hope to reassure readers without minimizing the struggles the family has overcome. Ages 8 — 10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

John Newman was born in Dublin and worked as a folklore collector, a civil servant, and an accountant before he became an elementary schoolteacher. He is the co-author of eleven books for children. Mimi is his first solo novel. John Newman lives in Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780763654153
Author:
Newman, John
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Subject:
Family - Adoption
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1-COLOR
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.91 x 5.56 x 0.78 in 0.69 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 10

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Children's » Middle Readers » General
Young Adult » Fiction » Social Issues » Death and Dying

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Product details 192 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763654153 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Irish author Newman's first solo effort and U.S. debut will win readers' hearts through the conversational tone and openhearted observations of elementary school — aged narrator Mimi, whose mother died 149 days earlier (she is counting) after being hit by a bus. Mimi's life has settled into something of a routine, with Mimi drawing comfort from her extended family and grandparents, but it's not enough: Mimi's family is falling down around her. Her father burns pizza every night for dinner; laundry and groceries have fallen by the wayside; Mimi does not brush her teeth, is late for school, and only does her homework on Wednesdays; and her older siblings, Sally and Conor, barely talk to Mimi or each other. Newman ably conveys a family hanging together by a thread; that Mimi, who is Chinese, is adopted is nearly incidental to the plot — until a climactic scene in which she stands up to a school bully. Closing chapters, set six months after the rest of the book's events, provide just enough hope to reassure readers without minimizing the struggles the family has overcome. Ages 8 — 10. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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