Impy for Always

Impy for Always

by Jackie French Koller

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School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-- Another title in the growing number of early chapter books. Koller looks at a familiar family conflict in a fresh and sympathetic way. Imogene (Impy), eight, is looking forward to a summer visit from her cousin Teeny, with whom she has enjoyed many games of swimming pool splash, mud pies, and doll fashion shows. Impy recoils in shock when the age difference of four years is underscored by Teeny's maturing body and her lack of interest in playing the old games. Impy takes her revenge on her cousin by reading her diary and allowing Michael, a neighbor, to see it. However, Teeny, now metamorphosed into Christina, has a mature spirit as well as body. After the requisite tears and recriminations, Christina talks Impy into a more understanding humor, and the two agree to be friends again on a slightly more grown-up footing. They part at visit's end with the protagonist hovering between being little-girl-Impy and big-girl-Imogene, while readers will hover between thinking, ``How sweet'' and ``How unreal.'' Most 12-year-olds have less compassion and more ``Drop dead, you little creep.'' Impy is lucky that her cousin isn't like the latter type. A book with potential appeal to children Impy's age. --Ruth Semrau, Lovejoy School, McKinney, TX

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Little, Brown and Company
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4 - 8 Years

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