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Leaves in October, The Hardcover – March 30, 1991

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From Publishers Weekly

This message-heavy novel attempts to explore the desperate realities faced by a homeless family. Unfortunately, Ackerman ( Song and Dance Man ) consistently fails to move the plot and characters beyond superficial, flawed bibliotherapy. She spins a tale straight out of current newsmagazines: unskilled and undereducated parents wed too young and their marriage cracks under pressure. Here, the unemployed father, Poppy, is left alone with two children, nine-year-old Livvy and five-year-old Younger. Most of the story's action takes place within the walls of the Fourth Street Shelter for the homeless in an unnamed city. While the novel strives mightily for realism, many important issues are never fully addressed. Livvy and Younger live in the shelter for more than five months, yet a social worker doesn't enter the plot until late in the novel, when Poppy considers placing the children in foster care while he takes a construction job. The book's most disturbing aspect is its simplistic "happy" ending--a highly romanticized view of what most people would consider neglect. Novels that address the lives of homeless children are needed, but this is not a good one. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-- Ackerman breaks new ground for younger readers in her poignant story of a homeless family who must come to terms with poverty, dependency, and possible separation. Abandoned by his wife and laid off from his factory job, Livvy's father struggles to provide for nine-year-old Livvy and her six-year-old brother, Younger. Livvy is resourceful and energetic, embarking on a money-making tissue-flower venture to help subsidize their father's promise that they'll have a home by October. Meanwhile, other homeless adults in the shelter resent the children's enterprise and income. Certain episodes are convenient thematic exposes: the confessional letter to Livvy from her mother explaining why she abandoned her family and the schoolteacher turned bag lady whom Livvy recruits to teach the children. Nonetheless, characterizations are strong, and the plot is a well-paced series of setbacks and successes. While other children's novels about the homeless portray independent characters learning to cope, this one presents the emotional distress and determination of a family struggling to stay together when the single parent must go in search of work. Livvy will capture hearts with her sensitivity, tenacity, and courage. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 117 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (March 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068931583X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689315831
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Emily M Smith on November 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a great book! I have read it many times, and every time, i find something new. This book is about a mature 9 year old girl,Libby, who lives with her parents and her brother in a tralier. When things get hard, her mom leaves them and they can no longer afford to keep the tralier. They are forced to move into a homeless shelter. Libby keeps up hope for her dad and brother about getting a new tralier "when the leaves change color in October" She finds ways to help out her dad finacially. It is a great story about a family sticking together through good and bad times. This is one of the best books i've ever read.
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Great story for kids to hear.
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