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As the family has dissolved, Glennis has chosen to live with ...
As the family has dissolved, Glennis has chosen to live with eccentric Aunt Wanda, who cooks only meals that come out of boxes, and wears rhinestone shirts and cowboy boots. When Wanda is at work, Glennis has no one but Skipper, Aunt Wanda's only son, to keep her company. But living with both of them has allowed Glennis to visit Dad every weekend at the correctional facility, where she is sure he'll ask her to help prove his innocence. Quite the opposite happens and Glennis is left wondering: If her life before is gone forever, then where does she stand now?
Patricia Calvert writes with power and grace in a novel that probes the intricacies of family relationships and the many prisons that we construct for ourselves.
While her father serves his term in a detention center, twelve-year-old Glennis learns that "not all prisons are made out of stone, and spiders aren't the only ones who can weave webs..
While an unlikely scene in which Glennis suddenly confesses her secret to her whole class may torpedo the author's credibility, Calvert (Writing To Richie, 1994, etc.) creates a compulsively self-analytical character "older than twelve, not quite thirteen." Glennis, with some prodding from an older, wiser supporting cast, learns that she has built a prison for herself out of naïve hopes but has the ability to change and, ultimately, to forgive.
Posted October 22, 2005
Great! A story that displays one girl's hope and determination very well. Moving on, forgiving, and forgetting, are some of the hardest struggles people go through in life! This novel is very well written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.