Family Tree #2: The Long Way Home

Family Tree #2: The Long Way Home

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by Ann M. Martin
     
 

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Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby's daughter -- but she's always been much closer to her father, Zander. He's a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana's artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is on his side in any argument, regardless of whether he…  See more details below

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Four girls. Four generations. One family. The second entry in the beautiful new series from Ann M. Martin. Dana is Abby's daughter -- but she's always been much closer to her father, Zander. He's a celebrated New York author who encourages Dana's artistic talents . . . even if he sometimes drinks too much. Dana is on his side in any argument, regardless of whether he's wrong. And then her father dies. After years of moving, often with her mother and three siblings, Dana is angry at Abby, and wants nothing more than to leave her family and get back to New York City. She moves in with her young, bohemian aunt Adele, determined to study art, attend school, achieve independence, and avoid all the mistakes her mother made. But can she leave her family and Maine behind?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
12/01/2013
Gr 5–7—This installment spans 11 years and focuses on Dana. The book opens on July 7, 1955, as she and her twin, Julia, are celebrating their seventh birthday. Two years later, their younger brother, Peter, enters a school for children with "mental retardation." Their father, Zander, is a famous author, and while he tends to drink too much, the family has a comfortable and exciting life in New York City. However, things take a turn for the worse as the Burleys face unexpected challenges, including Zander's death in an accident, the birth of a child who will be fatherless, and financial insecurity. Martin does a good job of weaving in the history of the time period, including the Cold War and the assassination of President Kennedy. Time moves quickly with each chapter skipping ahead several months. The rapid passage of time and challenging issues may limit the audience, but tweens who have outgrown the "American Girl" series may enjoy this novel that explores the idea of family and home.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-01
Martin continues the multigenerational saga begun in Better to Wish (2013) with this second entry, spanning the years 1955-1971. The spotlight is on Abby, Zander and their children. Twins Dana and Julia are 7 at the outset; their 4-year-old brother, Peter, has Down syndrome. Abby's accepted her role as mother, homemaker (in a large New York town house) and wife to now-famous author Zander Burley. Dana's enthralled with her father and resents her mother's disapproval of his drinking. When alcohol fuels Zander's death by drowning, the Burleys' world cracks open. Martin focuses on Dana's maturation against a glum backdrop of worsening finances (sister Nell is born five months after Zander's death) and multiple moves and new schools in New York and finally, back to Abby's home turf, Maine. An artist like her father, Dana is alone within her family. Released to live with her aunt in Manhattan, she flourishes at an arts high school. Abby's subsequent remarriage, a scary bout of meningitis for Julia and desultory family flares all happen rapid-fire, in chapters that bridge years and weave in (somewhat clumsily) historical events of the 1960s, ending with Dana poised for adulthood. Despite some wooden writing, Martin succeeds here by illuminating the fraught family relationships strained by separation, financial stress and individual aspiration. (Historical fiction. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545576475
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Series:
Family Tree Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
739,364
File size:
12 MB
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Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series; BELLE TEAL; the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE; HERE TODAY; A DOG'S LIFE; and ON CHRISTMAS EVE; as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S. LONGER LETTER LATER; and SNAIL MAIL, NO MORE with Paula Danziger. She lives in upstate New York.

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The Long Way Home (Family Tree Series #2) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love love the family tree series!!! Some of my favorite books. So wish there could be more, maybe amm will make another series like this. In the first book abby is the main character, then dana who is abby's daughter, then francie who is abby's grand- daughter and dana's daughter, and then georgia who is abby's great grandaughter, dana's grandaughter, and francie's daughter. If you didnt llike these, then you are crazy. Even if you usually dont like historical fiction, you WILL like these. I would give all of the books ten million stars but i can only give five. My favorite one would probabbly be the last. Those always seem like thw best. I have all the bookes except for dana (i am sorry, dana!) When my dad showed me better to wish i thought it would be an okay book but it was much more then that. Then i got dansa @ the library and francie @ b&n and preordered georgia on the b&n website. Amazing. Will read series again and again and again :-D