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Better Than a Brother
     

Better Than a Brother

by Edith S. McCall
 

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6-9 A small slice of past timeDecember 1899 to February 1900is warmly illuminated by McCall's fictional recounting of events from her mother's childhood on Lake Monona, Wisconsin. When 13-year-old Hughie, oldest of the six Riley children, loses her new gold locket while tussling in the snow, she is very upset. The difficulty of finding it turns to threat when Cass, a mean ice worker whom all the children fear, tells Hughie he has her locket and promises to give it back only in return for veiled favors. She turns for help to Jerry, a friend who considers her ``as good as a brother.'' The story starts slowly but gains momentum with Hughie's near disastrous encounter with Cass. Details of life at the turn of the century are described clearly in a manner reminiscent of Wilder's ``Little House'' books (all Harper). Romance buds as Hughie discovers Jerry a better confidante and companion than her brothers. With Valentine's Day not far away, Jerry concedes that Hughie too is Better Than a Brother. McCall's practiced hand makes this appealing title accessible to adolescents with limited reading skills. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, Tenn.

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ISBN-13:
9780802767837
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
05/01/1988
Pages:
133
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

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