A Long Time Ago Today

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Would you want to read a letter written to you by your mother six years ago? Even if your mother had died when you were only six years old? If she had left you "Snob Hill," a two-hundred-year-old farm in the Adirondacks which you both hate and love? And even if everyone only speaks of how perfect she was, never how she really was? Twelve-year-old Dilly Howell isn't so sure she wants to read that letter. What if it only makes her resent her mother more? But with the help of her father, her friends, and the ...

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Would you want to read a letter written to you by your mother six years ago? Even if your mother had died when you were only six years old? If she had left you "Snob Hill," a two-hundred-year-old farm in the Adirondacks which you both hate and love? And even if everyone only speaks of how perfect she was, never how she really was? Twelve-year-old Dilly Howell isn't so sure she wants to read that letter. What if it only makes her resent her mother more? But with the help of her father, her friends, and the memories uncovered during a summer at Snob Hill, Dilly discovers that her mother was someone that she still loves very much.

With her "trademark combination of humor and compassion,"* Sally Warner shares a heartwarming love story between mother and daughter.

Ever since her mother died six years earlier, twelve-year-old Dilly and her father spend every summer in upstate New York at Mummie's farm, even though Dilly resents how her dead mother continues to intrude on her life.

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Twelve-year-old Dilly's mother died six years ago—long enough ago that Dilly has few real memories of her mother, but recently enough that her father still orchestrates their lives in constant homage to what "Mummie" would have wanted—such as their spending every summer on the old family farm in the Adirondacks in upstate New York. It is there that Dilly discovers, from her mother's best friend Libby, that her mother wrote Dilly a letter as she was dying, a letter that Libby thinks Dilly is ready to read. Dilly is incensed at this further intrusion by her mother on her life from beyond the grave: "Dear Mummie, Look, I'm sorry you're dead and everything, okay? That must be really terrible for you. But why can't you just leave us alone? . . . You're dead, don't you get it??? GET OFF MY BACK!!!!" But as Dilly begins to search for the letter, now misplaced, she discovers many clues to her mother's childhood, and to the dynamics of her mother's friendship with Libby, now eerily repeated in Dilly's own friendship with Libby's niece, Sasha. Warner is one of the most emotionally honest authors of adolescent fiction writing today, and a master at recording every nuance of Dilly's anguished and yearning relationships with her father, Libby, and Sasha, and with the dead mother who still remains a desperately needed but yet unwanted presence in her life. The book builds to a compelling climax that almost promises too much—and then delivers all that it promised, and more. 2003, Viking, Ages 9 to 12.
— Claudia Mills
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Gr 4-7-Dillon Howell, 12, is still angry with her mother for dying six years ago. Every summer she and her dad make the requisite trip from their home in California to her mother's family farm in the Adirondacks. Dilly resents the trip, the farm, and, most of all, her mother. The only good thing about Lake Luzerne is Sasha, who is the niece of her late mother's best friend, Libby. Lately, though, Sasha is less willing to leave her life and friends in Brooklyn to make the five-hour trek upstate. When Libby tells Dilly that her dying mother left her a letter, the girl is determined to find it and tear it up unread. Her search results in finding other exchanges between Elspeth and Libby; through them, she learns that the mother she always thought was so perfect was actually spoiled and selfish. Orphaned after an accident, she was shipped off to boarding school by her snobbish Granny Tat, who bullied Libby into attending as well. Now Sasha feels bullied into coming to Lake Luzerne whenever Dilly feels lonely. There is strife between the friends until the letter is finally found and read, by which time Dillon has come to terms with her loss and her evolving friendship with Sasha. Dilly's anger is convincing-at times she sounds like the emotional six-year-old she has remained ever since her mother's death. A painful, but realistic treatment of grief and healing.-Barbara Auerbach, New York City Public Schools Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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An angry Dilly Howell, 12, blames her mother for dying six years ago and resents the control her mother still maintains over her and her father’s lives. Because Mummie would have wanted it, Dilly and her father continue their annual summer vacation from their home in Pasadena to the Dillon estate in the Adirondacks. When Dilly discovers that her mother wrote a letter to her just before dying, she fears that it will only contain more demands. Her curiosity wins out, however, and her search for the letter yields other letters from her mother’s past that reveal an eerie similarity between her mother’s friendship and her own with an Adirondack neighbor. These letters, including that from her mother, force Dilly to confront her anger and ultimately empower her to make her own life decisions. Warner writes a poignant story of friendship and mother-daughter love that will not leave a dry eye among its intended readers. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670036042
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Publication date: 9/15/2003
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky.

Sally Warner (www.sallywarner.com) has published more than twenty novels for young readers, including the Emma and EllRay Jakes series. She lives in Altadena, California with her husband and their not-so-miniature dachshund, Rocky. 

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