From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7. An 11-year-old boy who lives with his reclusive father gradually warms up to a new friend and her large, loud, and loving family. A tightly narrated story about coming to terms with past tragedies.
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Gr. 4^-7. Perry has learned to accommodate his father's personality as best he can. That means being self-sufficient, never speaking unnecessarily, and above all, keeping a lid on "those kinds of feelings, the bad ones, that make a guy act like a wuss." He and his dad have moved to the north woods of Minnesota following the death of Perry's baby sister, and although Perry's mother writes him regularly, Perry never reads her letters. Home schooling has allowed him ample time to explore and read about his natural surroundings. It has also left him isolated from his peers, so when a family moves into the house near Perry's special cave, he must learn to accept the joys and difficulties of sharing with others not only his private place but also himself. Franklin creates characters with great authenticity, and her first-person narrative adeptly captures Perry's voice without sacrificing a smooth writing style. This will be a juicy choice for book discussions. Susan Dove Lempke