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Miracle at Clement's Pond Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1988
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The arrival of an abandoned baby affects an entire town in this sensitive, funny first novel. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9 Justin, Sylvie, and Lyon, the narrator, overhear a distraught mother being persuaded by a man to abandon her newborn child in the woods. They rescue the baby, and, after much discussion, leave the infant on the porch of Adeline Newberry, a spinster who has always longed for a child and who names the child Miracle. The children swear eternal silence about their deed, but, in a fit of anger, Sylvie tells the secret to her friend Taffy, who in turn tells her mother. The far-fetched plot is strained by complications that lead to numerous happy resolutions. Lyon's father, Bear, a wanderer since Lyon's mother died in childbirth, decides to return home, then falls in love with Fleur, the unwed mother, who reclaims Miracle from Adeline, thus risking the town's censure. It is hinted that Adeline will be reunited with her old beau who has returned as a widower with two sons in need of her mothering. Lyon decides to remain with his aunt and uncle, and not interfere with his father's new family. Only the hapless Taffy and her abusive mother escape these miraculous, incredible conclusions. There is a disturbing portrayal of a hunchback gypsy fortuneteller, who is handled in such an insensitive and stereotypical way that she is presented as deserving of the scorn and fear that she inspires. Pendergraft writes ablyher dialect and dialogue are convincing, reminiscent of Robert Newton Peck's. She also creates some memorable characters with a few deft touches. However, this plot strains credulity from the first chapter. Just one strand of this story could have sustained a novel, with happier results. Deborah Vose, Lake Region High School, Bridgton, Maine
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.