Cousins

Cousins

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by Virginia Hamilton
     
 

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The story of eleven-year-old Cammy, who must come to grips with the sudden death of her cousin and rival, Patty Ann. "Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master."--Kirkus

Being cousins doesn't mean you'll be friends....

Cammy loves her family -- except for her cousin Patty Ann. Though she knows she shouldn't feel this way, she can't

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The story of eleven-year-old Cammy, who must come to grips with the sudden death of her cousin and rival, Patty Ann. "Another wise, beautifully written book from this well-established master."--Kirkus

Being cousins doesn't mean you'll be friends....

Cammy loves her family -- except for her cousin Patty Ann. Though she knows she shouldn't feel this way, she can't help it. Patty Ann is too perfect to like, too perfect to be a friend.

Then one day something terrible happens, something that can't be changed. That's when Cammy learns the truth about Patty Ann, and about family love -- and forgiveness.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A tragedy forces Cammy to confront ambivalent feelings about two very different cousins; PW noted that this ``elegant, stirring tapestry of family life . . . features strong characterizations and incisive writing.'' Ages 9-13. (Jan.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Cammy feels things strongly, whether it's the immeasurable love she has for her Gram Tut, or the jealousy and anger she feels for her perfect, sometimes patronizing cousin Patty Ann. But while those intense emotions make her a strong-willed, feisty girl, they also cause her a great deal of pain when Patty Ann drowns saving another cousin. Only through the wisdom and love of Gram and the return of her estranged father is Cammy able to work her way through the guilt and grief and learn how to accept the reality that someday, too, her beloved Gram will die. Hamilton allows readers to experience the wide-ranging and sometimes lightning-quick changes of emotion of an adolescent girl through a partially stream-of-consciousness style and, at times, abrupt, staccato thoughts. The third-person narrative focuses on Cammy, and through her eyes readers see the effects of her relationships with various family members. While the drowning scene takes on a surrealistic, slow-motion quality that may haunt readers as much as it does Cammy, this is not a story that depends on action to advance the plot. A scene that involves Patty Ann's brother, while revealing some information about her home life and Cammy's feeling for her own brother, does not seem as essential to the story, and there are times when some of Cammy's observations are extraneous. Still, it is Cammy's introspection, doubts, and sensitivity, as well as Hamilton's skill in vividly describing both the physical and the intangible aspects of life, that form the core of this thoughtful story. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590454360
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1992
Series:
Cousins Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.28(d)
Lexile:
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Virginia Hamilton (1936-2002) changed children's literature for generations of readers, winning every major award in her field across the globe. Her awards and honors include the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, a MacArthur Fellowship, and four honorary doctorates. Virginia was married to Arnold Adoff, and they have two children and one grandchild.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 12, 1936
Date of Death:
February 19, 2002
Place of Birth:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Place of Death:
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Education:
Attended Antioch College, Ohio State University, and the New School for Social Research
Website:
http://www.virginiahamilton.com/

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Cousins 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
TO ME THE BOOK WAS VERY GOOD. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LIKE TO LAUGH AND ALSO LEARN ABOUT FAMILY MORALS,TOGEATHERNESS,AND RESPECT.NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT EVERONE. ALSO IT HAS GOOD INSIGHT ON HAW TO DEAL WITH CERTAIN ISSUES.
Tiffany Harris More than 1 year ago
shes really done it again
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very, VERY touching to the heart and mind. It's basically a life lesson to read/talk about. Virginia did an awesome job writing this book. 5/5
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book helps to pull families together in the time of need. This also shows you that there is no time like the present.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This review is mainly about a family who was about to face a tragic situation, had news that was going to be found out that had a related twist to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Overall, I think this book was pretty good. However, when Cammy started halucinateing, it kind of disturbed me! O_o
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dinner time, sorry!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book made me confused
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a Mother Daughter Book club. I was shocked by the book. I guess it kinda freaked me out,too many horrible things happend to this poor family. I myself would'nt recomend this book, it made me sad.