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Dot to Dot
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About the Author
Kit Bakke, an experienced oncology nurse, is inspired by strong women including Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughter Mary Shelly, Dorothy Wordsworth and Jane Austen – the literary women who shine through in this story of Dot’s travels across space and, just possibly, time. Author of Miss Alcott's Email, Kit Bakke travels widely and presents workshops on documenting oral histories and writing historical fiction. KitBake.com https://www.facebook.com/kit.bakke https://twitter.com/kitbakke
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The story begins two months after Dot loses her mother to a senseless traffic accident. This part is very sad--the author here does a skillful, clear-eyed job of creating a grieving pre-teen. Nothing over the top, it is age appropriate, but she doesn't sugar coat it either.
And she doesn't leave you there. Soon Dot is off to England with her abrupt, slightly wacky Aunt Tab. The idea is to distribute Dot's mom's ashes in places that were meaningful to her but, no surprise here, along the way Dot also manages to learn a lot about life, courage, and friendship.
The two things I most liked about this book is that 1) it reminded me of the hugely consoling power of literature and 2) it is realistic about the nature of grief. There is no "quick fix and a hug" happy ending--Dot is missing her mom just as much at the end as the beginning. But she, and you, see a glimmer of hope for the future and that's what counts.
Played well on Text-To-Speech, no violence, nor profanity that I can recall.
As Dot and her aunt explore the lives of three important historical figures, they touch three distinct sections of the country. Each stop reveals much about the women Dot's mom admired, but even more is revealed about Dot's aching heart and the places that may never heal again.
But with the help of her brash aunt and a few unlikely characters, Dot begins to see that our loved ones may die, but that doesn't mean they're lost to us forever.
This is a wonderful novel for middle school to adult readers. Be warned though, after you turn the final page, you may find yourself booking a flight across the pond.
Dot soon discovers that England is not a random destination choice. It turns out her mother named her--Dorothy Mary Jane--after three well known literary women: Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft and Jane Austen. As she discovers more about each of these women, she works to find the strength she needs to carry on in a world without her mother.
Dot to Dot by Kit Bakke is the story of a girl who goes on a journey of distance that turns into a trip where she discovers a lot about herself as well as the people around her. As Dot learns more about each of the women she was named after, she finds out why her mother chose them as heroines. Her own reading of their works also gives her insight into her current situation.
Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 10 to 13 will be able to talk about many issues, including the nature of grief, finding hope amidst tragedy, and the extraordinary times that produced Dorothy, Mary and Jane.