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Grade 5 Up-In a blend of free verse and diary/journal, 13-year-old Georgia pours her heart out to her mother, who died six years ago. She and her father are still suffering. Because of their financial situation (shaky) and Georgia's frequent stomachaches and lack of participation in class, she ends up on an At Risk list that requires her to see a school counselor. Mrs. Yocum makes a deal with her: if Georgia will write down all of the things she would like to talk to her mom about, she can skip the weekly sessions and just check in occasionally. Through this journal, the finely drawn characters come to life, particularly Georgia's dad and her best friend, Tiffany. Her father's grief has caused him to withdraw emotionally and he doesn't give his daughter the time or attention she craves. Tiffany is pushed to be an overachiever, the strain of which brings her to the brink of destructive behavior. Georgia shares all aspects of her life and thoughts, and readers come to understand the depth of her loss. This is a remarkable book. Through the spare writing, readers come to understand and empathize with these three people. Their story is a universal one of love, friendship, and loss and will be appreciated by a wide audience.-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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Gr. 6-9. A free membership to the Brandywine River Museum. That's the perfect gift for a grieving 13-year-old with artistic talent and a need to remove the "at risk" label from her permanent school record. It is also a passport for Georgia McCoy, an avenue out of her shyness, into the art world of her deceased mother, and toward an understanding of her struggling father. Georgia's free-verse journal entries describe her lonely existence, her grief at losing not just her mother but also her father, and her perceptive insights into the art of three generations of the Wyeth family^B. It's a lovely, quiet novel, a study in a child's struggle for survival and the adults who recognize her pain and decide to help. Readers will be able to go to the Brandy-wine River Museum Web site and see the paintings Georgia describes, an interesting art extension that adds depth to an involving story, suitable for both recreational reading and reading and discussing in class. Frances Bradburn
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