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World of Daughter McGuire, The Hardcover – March 1, 1994

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A school project, recording family traditions, inspires 11-year-old Daughter McGuire to learn more about her heritage and establish her own identity: no easy task for a girl whose grandparents are, respectively, African American, Italian, Irish-Catholic and Russian-Jewish. Daughter has just moved to a new neighborhood, where she becomes a target of racial slurs; she also has to cope with an assortment of family problems that stem from her parents' recent separation. Resolutions coincide with the protagonist's realization that it is all right, even good, to be different. Wyeth (the Pen Pal series, Once-In-A-While Dad ) deserves commendation for her compassionate rendering of contemporary families. Her characters, particularly Daughter's grandparents, prove to be as endearing as they are unique. Almost all preteens will be able to relate to at least one of the conflicts in Daughter's world, and many will find comfort in this book's optimistic conclusion. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-6-Eleven-year-old Daughter McGuire's life has changed drastically. Her father has gone off to write a book, she and her mother and brothers have moved next door to her grandparents, and she is attending a new school. Aside from all that, she doesn't quite know who or what she is. Ethnic issues confuse her, as she is of African, Italian, Irish, Jewish, and Russian descent. Through her struggles to find a place for herself (which include facing down a bully, learning about her roots, and coming to grips with her father's departure), she gains confidence and self-esteem. The book deals with serious issues, but the narrator never loses her sense of humor. Her ethnic makeup does stretch credibility a bit, and there are some plot contrivances, but they do not detract from the story. A good choice that might help middle schoolers appreciate differences in people and the value of not always fitting into a particular mold.
Carol Jones Collins, Montclair Kimberley Academy, NJ
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 167 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385311745
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385311748
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,407,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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