World in Grandfather's Hands

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Eleven-year-old Jimmy is upset when he and his mother must move from the pueblo to the city after his father's death, but his grandfather's patient philosophy of life helps Jimmy find good things about the city and slowly adjust to this new life. "Fine contemporary fiction set in an unnamed part of the Southwest. . . . Strete creates a world of bitter, bewildered people who find serenity from their inner resources." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Overview

Eleven-year-old Jimmy is upset when he and his mother must move from the pueblo to the city after his father's death, but his grandfather's patient philosophy of life helps Jimmy find good things about the city and slowly adjust to this new life. "Fine contemporary fiction set in an unnamed part of the Southwest. . . . Strete creates a world of bitter, bewildered people who find serenity from their inner resources." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Eleven-year-old Jimmy is upset when he and his mother must move from the pueblo to the city after his father's death, but his grandfather's patient philosophy of life helps Jimmy slowly adjust.

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Gr 5-7-Fine contemporary fiction set in an unnamed part of the Southwest. After his father's death, resentful, 11-year-old Jimmy and his mom move from the pueblo to Grandfather Whitefeather's house in the city. Stunned by the urban life of the underclass, Jimmy struggles to adjust. He fights his elders' efforts to help him learn survival skills and accept this new circumstance. When his mother reveals the tragedy of her forced sterilization at the hands of white doctors and her promise to her husband that their only child would be educated in the white men's world so he could ``...defend us against all the lies and treacheries and untruths,'' Jimmy feels unjustly burdened. Yet he slowly comes to see through his grandfather's vision: ``Just one day at a time. Dream and do one day's work to make it true and a promise as big as forever didn't seem so long.'' Powerfully spare prose shapes this subtle, quiet, and paradoxically angry book. Deft characterization of the family members brings each one alive through well-placed observations. Just enough background sets the scene. Strete creates a world of bitter, bewildered people who find serenity from their inner resources. They also possess the spiritual key to taking back their power in the midst of injustice.-Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA
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  • ISBN-13: 9780395721025
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/18/1995
  • Pages: 135
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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