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Johnny Rides Again
     

Johnny Rides Again

by Jo Ann Muchmore
 

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After their wonderful mother and their beloved dog Johnny die within months of each other, ten-year-old Rose and her brothers have to make some adjustments when they get a new dog and their father begins to date. Rose feels that her father and brothers are betraying the memories of her mother and Johnny by trying to replace them so quickly. Is she the only one that

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After their wonderful mother and their beloved dog Johnny die within months of each other, ten-year-old Rose and her brothers have to make some adjustments when they get a new dog and their father begins to date. Rose feels that her father and brothers are betraying the memories of her mother and Johnny by trying to replace them so quickly. Is she the only one that remembers they had a mother? In this story told straight from the heart, Rose learns that there's a place for both old and new memories, and that different experiences aren't always bad.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ten-year-old Rose Marlin mourns the death of her mother, who succumbed to cancer only months ago, and the subsequent death of the family's old dog Johnny intensifies Rose's misery. Although her father buys a puppy-another ``blue heeler''-and names it Johnny, too, nothing is quite the same. And when Mr. Marlin starts dating Miss Welman, a local schoolteacher, Rose is shocked at his disloyalty. Muchmore's first novel is first-rate in its portrayal of a plucky yet vulnerable character; Rose conducts an involving, often-times comical narrative with aplomb, and her language reflects the Texas setting without overpowering the reader. Not all the characters are as well delineated, however. Rose's two brothers, ages 14 and 7, seem interchangeable at times, and very little is said of their mother, an omission that thwarts the impact of Rose's anguish and fury regarding Miss Welman. Nevertheless, the book, meaningful and lively, is a promising debut and likely to captivate its audience. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-Rose Marlin, 11, feels like she is the only one in her family who is grieving over the deaths of her mother and her family's aged dog. She is upset by the fact that they have acquired a new puppy so quickly; when her father begins to date, she feels her mother's memory has been betrayed and lashes out. Rose and her two brothers soon start to like their father's girlfriend and question him when he appears to be cooling off toward her. In the end, the couple gets back together, all are happy, and Rose has learned that it's okay to form new attachments while still cherishing memories of old ones. While this theme may be laudable, it is presented in an increasingly heavy-handed manner as the plot progresses. The father seems remarkably insensitive, and Rose's transformation lacks subtlety. She is a too-perfect reflection of how an adult might prefer a child to behave in the situation. The sometimes snappy, colloquial writing and parallel dog story do little to redeem this fair-to-middling effort.-Jacqueline Rose, Lake Oswego Public Library, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823411566
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.59(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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