Take Me with You

Take Me with You

by Carolyn Marsden


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Hopes of adoption test the friendship of two girls-one biracial-in a lyrical novel touching on themes of identity and the meaning of home.

Pina and Susanna. Susanna and Pina. For as long as they’ve lived at the Istituto di Gesù Bambino — a home for babies abandoned after the War — they have been best friends. As children, they played rag dolls under the watchful eyes of the nuns and hide-and-seek among the lemon trees on the rooftop terrazzo overlooking Naples. But now strangers are coming to the chiesa, couples hoping to adopt children. Susanna thinks Pina — pale, pretty Pina with her gleaming yellow braid — will be adopted at once. Susanna, on the other hand, is a mulatta. Her father was an American soldier, a nero. No Italian has hair or skin like hers. But when a surprise visitor comes to the istituto just to see Susanna, will the friends be separated after all? Or will a miracle make both of their dreams come true?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763637392
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 7.26(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carolyn Marsden is the acclaimed author of many novels for young readers. She has a master of fine arts in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in La Jolla, California.

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Take Me with You 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Susanna and Pina are in an orphanage in Naples. Both are hoping for a family, although Susanna knows that Italian parents are unlikely to want a brown girl.Slight, but enjoyable.
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