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When the Road Ends
     

When the Road Ends

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by Jean Thesman
 

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Three foster children, all with problems of their own, spend the summer with an unusual and unexpected companion, a woman recovering from an accident that killed her husband. Together they struggle to create an "absolutely perfect family."

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Three foster children, all with problems of their own, spend the summer with an unusual and unexpected companion, a woman recovering from an accident that killed her husband. Together they struggle to create an "absolutely perfect family."

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"The small adventure is impelled by a rare and powerful momentum. Shot through with hope and defiance, this is Thesman at her best." Publishers Weekly, Starred
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Mary Jack Jordan, 12, tells this story of the summer she and two other foster children, 14-year-old Adam and a badly abused, nameless 7-year-old called Jane, spend with their foster father's sister, Cecile Bradshaw, in a cabin in rural Washington. What further complicates this story is that Cecile has received serious head injuries in an automobile accident that killed her husband, and the housekeeper hired to care for all of them has run off. Not wishing to return to their unhappy foster home, Mary Jack and Adam conspire to find a way to remain at the cabin. Cecile's slow recovery, Jane's essential helplessness, a threatening neighbor, an accident, and the lies they must tell nearly overwhelm them, despite the kindness of an old friend of Cecile's and Mary Jack's fierce desire to keep her ``family'' together. Like Mary Call in the Cleavers' Where the Lilies Bloom (Lippincott, 1969), Carly in Byars's The Pinballs (HarperCollins, 1977), and the heroine of her own book, Rachel Chance (Houghton, 1990), Mary Jack takes on responsibilities far beyond her years in an effort to hold onto something secure. Like these other heroines, she too is at last able to find adults she can trust to help her. While the novel paints a darker portrait of the anguish of foster children than Byars's novel, it should appeal to younger readers who liked it and Paterson's The Great Gilly Hopkins (Crowell, 1978). Because it is enlivened by humor, strong characterization, and a hopeful ending, older readers who have enjoyed Thesman's other books will find it satisfying as well. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395595077
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.81(w) x 8.56(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Jean Thesman is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. She makes her home with her husband in Bothell, Washington.

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When the Road Ends 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
laughalot66897 More than 1 year ago
This is a heartfilled book. Undesciable. ALmost cried at the ending. I didnt want it to end. For all ages. % stars all the way
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know that I've already written a review, but I just wanted to give Jean Thesman a very important message---PLEASE write a sequel to this wonderful book! I read it at the library and fell completly in luv with it! My mom luvs it alot too. YOU JUST HAVE TO WRITE A SEQUEL!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Three orphans - sensible, responsible Mary Jack, hostile, rebelious Adam, and Jane, a badly abused,frightned little girl who refuses to speak - have to spend the summer with their foster aunt Cecile in a cabin in the woods. Cecile is sick because of a car accident, Adam is always complaining, and Mary Jack takes care of Jane and tries to keep everyone together as a family. And despite all the chaos, everything turns out perfectly. Jane finally trusts everyone (especially Mary Jack) and lets them know she can talk. They all end up living together perminently, as a happy family. It's a really sad but good book and I think everyone should read it.