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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent chilfren's tale that adults will enjoy too

    After living largely unsupervised with her temperamental mother, Chloe Wilder feels as if she found paradise when she moves into the home of her grandparents. Though they constantly misinterpret Chloe¿s natural reticence and quietness for anger, her grandparents provide her material things, an allowance, and loving encouragement. On the other hand when the kind Mexican maid Sylvia begins to show her pregnancy, they toss her out, but not before checking to see if anything was stolen. <P>Everything changes when ¿Soul Patch¿ abducts Chloe. It turns out that he is her mother¿s new husband because not long afterward, her mother¿s cursing as usual enters the dilapidated, filthy home. They keep Chloe locked away, but she manages to escape with her only hope to survive the mean streets being Sylvia. <P> FINN: A NOVEL like its titled predecessor can be read on varying levels. It is an exciting young adult adventure tale with major social issues turning it into a thought-provoking adult-tale. Chloe with Sylvia as her guide falls from the elite radar screen into a lower class maelstrom where she learns much about class society in America from her experiences on the street. Matthew Olsham accomplishes quite a task blending social commentary that questions who really has ¿class¿ into an interesting adventure that never preaches only entertains. <P>Harriet Klausner

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