"Still, the impending loss of a cherished grandmother provides for a tenderly satisfying conclusion when Bobbie finds that the passion and verve she has always brought to life also serve her well in the face of death. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Sixth-grader Roberta Callahan, narrator of Dugan's first novel, runs on inexhaustible energy and imagination even though she's having a bad year. ``Bobbie'' must face the daunting Sister Alice without the support of her best friend, who has moved away; and her unconventional grandmother, who has been her soulmate and partner-in-crime, is in failing health.
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