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No Place for Me

No Place for Me

by Barthe DeClements

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lies and manipulation are the only methods Copper knows for handling with her unstable family life. She is sent to live with her Aunt Dorothy when her parents aren't around to care for her, but Dorothy's rule is rigid and Copper is sent to another aunt. Her next home seems to have potential and Copper is deeply hurt when she has to leave there, too. Feeling unwanted and alone, she angrily resists her next and final placement with mysterious Aunt Maggie. Copper explores her new world cautiously, protecting herself, yet hoping to find a real home. But this is an unusual placeMaggie is a witch. DeClements carefully blends the supernatural with everyday life; Maggie's witchcraft is more philosophical than supernatural,and teaches Copper that there are other ways to cope. The portrayals of family situations are humorous. Copper is a fully realized character; tough, but bright and perceptive, she will win sympathy and admiration from readers. Ages 10-14. (December)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-7 Copper Jones' mother is in an alcohol treatment center, and her stepfather arranges to have her stay with her Aunt Dorothy. From the beginning, Aunt Dorothy makes it clear that Copper is not really a member of the family. Copper is shipped out, eventually living with Aunt Maggie, who practices witchcraft. Maggie is the most completely drawn adult character in the book, and her developing relationship with Copper is the best part of the story. Maggie is calm in the face of Copper's lies and deception, and tells her that she can change whenever she wants to. The Tarot cards have told Maggie that a trusting relationship will come in time, and she is content to wait. She guides Copper in using her own mind to change her dreams, and, ultimately, her self-image. The end of the story sees their relationship growing and working smoothly. Running through the story is Copper's delicate relationship with her alcoholic mother. DeClements does a good job of showing the insecurity and fears faced by children of alcoholics. Copper is left with no panacea, but she does realize that she can take charge of her life and make changes in herself when she wants to. DeClements' usual fast pace is evident here, and the sensitive treatment of serious problems give the story special appeal. Candy Colborn, Cottonwood Creek Elem . School, Englewood, Colo.

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Scholastic, Inc.
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11 - 13 Years

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