Niner

Niner

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by Theresa Golding
     
 


Macey McAllister, "Niner" to her classmates, is missing a lot of things--her thumb, her birth parents, her history--and now her adoptive mother had disappeared as well. So one morning when Macy finds a locket on her front lawn, she is convinced that it is a sign, something placed there just for her. But when others seem to want the locket as well, Macey, her…  See more details below

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Macey McAllister, "Niner" to her classmates, is missing a lot of things--her thumb, her birth parents, her history--and now her adoptive mother had disappeared as well. So one morning when Macy finds a locket on her front lawn, she is convinced that it is a sign, something placed there just for her. But when others seem to want the locket as well, Macey, her sister, Deena, and their friends are unwittingly drawn into the middle of a frightening and dangerous game. In the midst of this danger, Macey must confront an ugly truth. Is it her fault that Mom left? Is it time for her to find her birth parents? From the innocent discovery of the locket to the surprise revelation of its significance, Macey is faced with a question that will affect the rest of her life. When she finds the answer, she also discovers something of great importance--the place she truly belongs.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The working-class Philadelphia setting comes to life, and the turmoil of children struggling to understand adult issues rings true." --Kirkus Reviews

"Readers will race to the conclusion." --Booklist

"A compelling read. . . . Theresa Martin Golding's presentation does not disappoint, and readers are left with all of the loose ends nicely tidied into an easy-to-read package." --Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

Gr 5-8- Darkness overshadows this coming-of-age story. Niner is the nickname Macey's classmates have given to her because she is missing a thumb. She has been with her adoptive family since she was six months old; before that she had two foster mothers. Macey eventually learns that her birth mother left her in a trash bag. She thinks that her sister, Deena, has all the advantages she lacks; she is blond and blue-eyed, smart, and the biological daughter in the family. Her attributes are in marked contrast to Macey's dark skin, wiry hair, and slow understanding. Still, they are very close. The family lives in a run-down part of Philadelphia that has the typical urban problems with drug dealers and gangs. Their mom has been gone for 10 months, and Macey worries that the woman left because of her. She befriends a new kid in town, Eugene, who is homeless, morbidly obese, and has no one to turn to. The sisters keep an incident involving a scary, menacing stranger who has been threatening them a secret from their father. They also have to deal with a racist grandmother. There are too many events here for one juvenile novel. The only positive message to emerge from all the pain is that Macey's dad finally convinces her that genes only determine outward appearances and that her feelings and heart are her own.-Lillian Hecker, Town of Pelham Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Twelve-year-old Macey (aka "Niner," due to the fact that she lost a thumb as an infant) obsesses over her lack of resemblance to her adoptive family and believes that her "bad genes" caused her mother to leave home a year ago. When she finds a broken locket on the lawn, she believes it's a sign from her missing mother and refuses to relinquish it to a threatening drug dealer. What follows is a complicated story. . In trying to evade him, Macey encounters a number of emotional and physical obstacles until a frightening final confrontation gives her the strength to let go of the fiction that her mother will return. The working-class Philadelphia setting comes to life, and the turmoil of children struggling to understand adult issues rings true. But an overstuffed plot, including the plight of a local runaway, detracts from Macey's compelling internal emotional journey. (Fiction. 10-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590785492
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
04/15/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


Theresa Martin Golding was born and raised in Philadelphia and enjoys using her native city and its surrounding areas as the settings for her novels. She is the author of three young adult novels and the picture book Memorial Day Surprise. She lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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