Everyone needs their own special corner...
It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by himself.
The answer lies in his rescuer, mysterious thirteen-year-old Ellis Wynn. Visiting her Grammy for the summer, Ellis offers to babysit Davy. She teaches him about “corners”–forgotten or neglected areas fixed up special. Together, the kids tackle several “corners” and Davy learns what it means to bring joy to others.
Davy begins to wonder, though. Why does Ellis want to be his friend? Why doesn’t she ever smile? And is Davy just one of Ellis’ “corners?”
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Ah, the ‘60s, the Roadrunner and Coyote, Elvis, the Beatles, Connie Frances, polio. If you’re too young to remember those exciting years then cheer up. You can travel back to 1969, along with spending time in the present, in the middle-grade novel CORNERS by Author Corinna Austin. Told in alternating chapters by the young Davy and the grown David, we meet ten-year-old Davy in 1969. Davy’s life is not easy. He’s different from the other kids. For one thing, he has no friends. Also, in the ‘60s most families had a mother and a father; Davy never met his father. There’s still another thing that makes him different: he can’t swim in the deep water. All he does is sink and nearly drown. The day thirteen-year-old Ellis, who is spending the summer with her grandmother, saves his life changes everything. She becomes not only his first friend, but his baby sitter while his mother is at work. They also make “corners,” which adds a beautiful touch to the story. I don’t want to give anything away so I won’t explain about “corners.” But I do believe that one day I’d like to make a “corner” of my own. You may want to as well, after reading the book. Corrina Austin also shows us Davy’s story from the point-of-view of the grown-up Davy (David). In those chapters David is talking to his youngest son, Will, telling him about his early life. I love the relationship between father and son. Their conversation sounds so real it places the reader in the scene with the characters. And the ending is just right, kind of what I expected, or at least hoped for. Davy’s story will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will also make you thankful for your family, at least it did me. CORNERS would be a great addition to school classrooms and libraries, and also would be good for a study of the 1960s in history. Recommended.