Gr 6-9 A book with serious flaws. Wendy loves being a latchkey kid , as it provides her with a lot of freedom. Her life changes drastically when her mother offers to take in Wendy's medical student brother, his wife, and their infant son. A maternal grandmother moves in to help, followed by an injured paternal grandfather. Snyder gives the impression of an adult trying to write like a teenager would think and talk. She fails miserably. The story is related in first person by Wendy, who explains every statement made by another characteroften in boring detail. On top of that, her descriptions of her actions are not in keeping with typical adolescent behavior. Characters are stereotypesfrom the Jewish grandparents to the flippant teenager, Wendy, to the class-clown-front-disguising-a-sad-home-situation boyfriend. Not one of the characters is spared this ignoble fate. Reader soon feel that they know exactly what the characters will say and do next, which is true, as they remain faithful to their stereotypes. Finally, there are far too many minor plots. The Leftover Kid should be left off the book orders. Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, S.C.