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Children's LiteratureFifteen-year-old Annie returns to her grandfather's for the summer, but this time her brother, Cody, is not along. He died in an avalanche while climbing in the Andes and now she blames everyone—her grandfather for teaching Cody to climb and her mother for allowing him to go. Plus her grandfather must have loved Cody more because he never taught her to climb. Now she is too afraid to try. That summer she babysits Zachary and spends a lot of time with his older brother, Marcus. When Zach runs away, she finds him and must contain her fears to climb down to him. Once on the shelf, they cannot get off until her grandfather comes. Trapped on the ledge, Annie and her grandfather resolve issues and Annie starts to feel compassion towards him and her mother, who are also struggling with Cody's death. The story moves quickly and it is easy to identify with Annie's feelings and reactions to her grandfather, Marcus, and Zach. At one point, Annie walks in on her grandfather and his girl friend in a compromising situation. The sex scene is handled humorously but this title is definitely for mature teenagers. 2005, Delacorte Press, Ages 15 to 18.
—Janet L. Rose