Friday, October 22, 2010
by Cynthia Lord
juvenile realistic fiction
New York : Scholastic Press, 2010
Eleven-year-old Tess loves her quaint island home. When the government threatens to close their school due to a small student body, Tess is terrified. This would mean having to move to the mainland for her mother to work and for her to attend school. And she would no longer be able to go lobstering with her father. The town hatches a brilliant plan to increase their school attendance - take in foster kids! Tess's family is given the opportunity to welcome a sullen, red-haired musician into their family. Tess has read many novels dealing with foster kids and orphans so she feels relatively prepared for this change in her daily life. She quickly realizes that real life does not have a storybook ending. Her new foster sibling is not Anne of Green Gables nor is he Gilly Hopkins! A great book about kids having to adapt to changes in their lives whether they be large or small. I loved the literary references and all the good luck/bad luck information.