Welcome to the '50s. Twelve-year-old Ruthie Tepper is a good girl, an obedient daughter, an eager student. She craves attention and praise from her parents, and begrudgingly tends to her younger brothers - Michael, Isaac, and especially Eddy, whom others label "slow" or "retarded." She dreams of being a comedienne on TV like Lucille Ball.
In simple, clear, and carefully chosen episodes, Ruthie reveals the currents and undercurrents of her life: the growing tension within her family and between her parents around work, money, and Eddy's welfare; her resentment at having to look after Eddy; family dinners that are ticking time bombs. When tensions escalate to hitting, Ruthie acts to protect herself and Eddy. She takes him and runs away to be with their grandmother in Baltimore. Although they're intercepted and brought back, Ruthie returns home a changed girl. She finds a voice with which to tell her mother, "Quit yelling." At times funny, at times piercing, always honest, this story is the stuff of real families, real growing up.
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.26(d)|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Sarah Lamstein's ANNIE'S SHABBAT was named to BOOKLIST's "Top Ten Religion Books for Youth" in 1998. Her other books for children include I LIKE YOUR BUTTONS! and FROM THE MANGO TREE/FOLKTALES FROM NEPAL. Sarah received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. She lives in Newton MA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It¿s 1950 and Ruthie is determined to get some attention, but no matter what she does her family doesn¿t seem to notice. Instead, everyone is concerned with watching and reprimanding Eddie, her brother who has a mental disability. Even when she gets on TV for her book trivia knowledge, her mother is not impressed. Meanwhile, her parents keep fighting and yelling at Eddie until Ruthie can¿t take it anymore. Ruthie and Eddie run away on a train, and when the police find them and bring them home, Ruthie¿s mother tells her that Eddie is not hers to take.Eddie¿s purpose in this book is really to cause family drama and give Ruthie a chance to complain. Eddie¿s character is not at all independent, has few personality traits beyond the stereotypical (he¿s good at maps), and remains fairly flat throughout the book. Readers do not learn very much about the disease, it does not use person-centered language, and the book as a novel is not well-written.Rules