Kat's Surrender

Kat's Surrender

by Theresa Martin Golding
     
 

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Thirteen-year-old Kat O'Connor has recently lost her mother to cancer. Deeply hurt and angry that no one truly understands, she struggles to resume a normal life. Kat finds some escape in her friendship with the General, a mentally unstable homeless man, but must sort through the prejudices others have toward him, including those of her own father and of Maggie, her… See more details below

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Thirteen-year-old Kat O'Connor has recently lost her mother to cancer. Deeply hurt and angry that no one truly understands, she struggles to resume a normal life. Kat finds some escape in her friendship with the General, a mentally unstable homeless man, but must sort through the prejudices others have toward him, including those of her own father and of Maggie, her off-beat best friend. A hit-and-run accident, a strange neighbor who spies on her, and an aging nun with a secret, throw Kat's life into further turmoil and leave her at a crossroads. Will Kat be able to put aside her grief or will she, like the General, crumble under its weight and retreat into his world of unreality. This touching, well-crafted story by Theresa Martin Golding offers insight into grief, loss, and the strength that is necessary to face and overcome the tragedies of life.

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Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Kat has been visiting with the General for quite some time. The harmless old man feeds pigeons in the circle by her school and talks as if engaged in a war, but she doesn't mind. In fact, she enjoys her time with him; it makes her feel as though she has slipped out of her own difficult reality and into another time and place. When she's conferring about the "troops" or deploying "rations," Kat doesn't have to think about her mother's recent death from cancer or problems with her boyfriend Paul. She doesn't have to think about her demanding friend Maggie or the weird Mrs. Twichell, who just might be a witch. When Maggie is hit by a car, the truth about the driver comes to light, and Kat learns that sometimes she needs to face--and accept--reality. Theresa Martin Golding's well-spun plot addresses issues of loss, life, and recovery on many levels. 1999, Boyds Mills Press, Ages 8 to 12, $14.95. Reviewer: Heidi Green

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563970740
Publisher:
Boyds Mills Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
179
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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