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Separations Hardcover – October 1, 1990

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In the summer of her 16th year, Kim faces a move to Manhattan, the separation of her parents and her chance to compete for an Eastern States ranking in tennis. Kim idealizes her doctor father, a formidable tennis player himself, even though he left the family for a "bimbo." Yet she can't help but sympathize with her mother, and the girl finds herself choosing sides--both sides. Kim has some growing up to do, and by the end of the summer, she has made important discoveries about herself and her parents. Competently told and highlighted with play-by-play tennis matches, Kim's tale covers no new ground in the category of divorce problem novels. Still, Lehrman's thorough approach to working through troubles may offer comfort and reassurance to readers. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 7-12-- At 16, Kim finds herself facing many separations--triggered, it seems, by her father's admission of being attracted to a woman only 10 years her senior. When Kim and her mother move from their suburban home to an apartment in Manhattan, the aspiring tennis star is separated from both her coach and her best friend. She struggles to deal with her feelings for (and against) her parents, the transition from a suburban to an urban lifestyle, the stigma of coming from a broken home, and whether to listen to her new coach or her own ideas about how she should play her game. Lehrman has developed a main character with a sports interest and a personal dilemma; however, he describes each sports event in such detail that enthusiasts may be enthralled, but readers unfamiliar with the terminology will be confused, if not bored. More time is spent on the play-by-play descriptions of tennis matches than on either plot or character development. This is not a necessary purchase, except perhaps in communities in which tennis is very popular with YAs. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (October 1, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670816469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670816460
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 20 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,577,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The main character in the book plays tennis, and she's pretty competitive. Her parents are going through a divorce, and she must move away. Her tennis career is put in jeopardy because of this move, but she overcomes. It's a great story for people whose parents are divorcing, because it has conflicts about parent vs. parent, with the child stuck in the middle, not knowing what side to choose. It was fun to read as a tennis player, but others might not enjoy it as well.
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