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KLIATTO'Carroll has written a series of books about his character Agnes Browne, as a mother and grandmother; this latest book fills in the blanks about her childhood. Set in working-class Dublin, the novel captures the language, smells, tastes and sights of its location in the 1940s. Agnes' father dies young and her mother never recovers, retreating into her own world. Her younger sister gets in trouble and Agnes becomes the center of her family, working to support them as an assistant in one of the open market stalls. The book is filled with memorable characters, such as Agnes' rough and ready best friend Marion. If one has read the other books in the series, this one will answer some questions and is a good place to start for readers new to the series. Some of the language is a bit rough, but appropriate to the setting and the characters. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2003, Penguin, Plume, 208p., Ages 15 to adult.