Lisa and the Lacemaker

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When Lisa discovers a derelict hut in her friend Ben's backyard, she delights in exploring the remnants of an era long gone. Imagine her surprise when Great Aunt Hannah moves into a nursing home nearby, and reveals that once she was a servant in those very rooms. The old lady draws Lisa into the art of lace making and through the cross-crossing of threads, Lisa is helped to understand her own Asperger Syndrome. But Great Aunt Hannah also has a secret and now it is up to Lisa to confront the mysterious lacemaker ...
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Overview

When Lisa discovers a derelict hut in her friend Ben's backyard, she delights in exploring the remnants of an era long gone. Imagine her surprise when Great Aunt Hannah moves into a nursing home nearby, and reveals that once she was a servant in those very rooms. The old lady draws Lisa into the art of lace making and through the cross-crossing of threads, Lisa is helped to understand her own Asperger Syndrome. But Great Aunt Hannah also has a secret and now it is up to Lisa to confront the mysterious lacemaker and put the past to rest.

Lisa, a girl with Asperger syndrome, discovers a series of basement rooms under her friend Ben's house and spends hours exploring the remnants of a past era.

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Gr 3-5-Novels designed to teach or hammer home a point rarely qualify as excellent, or even good, literature. This is true of Hoopmann's book, written as a mystery but designed to help readers understand children with Asperger's Syndrome. The plot is contrived: Lisa's friendship with Great Aunt Hannah deepens as the girl learns how to make lace, as her aunt used to do. The mystery involves Hannah's old infatuation, when she was a servant-girl, with William, the landowner's son. Suddenly, zing! Lisa and her friend Ben find William through Internet searches and unite the two right there in the nursing home. Throughout, the author tosses in information about kids with Asperger's ("aspies"), their learning habits and behavioral quirks. Lacing together an awkward plot and adding some odd characters does not make a competent novel.-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843100713
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/15/2002
  • Pages: 130
  • Sales rank: 1,013,083
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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