Books by Eileen McKeating

OZZIE ON HIS OWN by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1995

In this sequel to Roz and Ozzie (1992), Ozzie, eight, is spending the summer alone. With Roz away in England with her parents for two months, he is out of things to do. His hobbies and his talent for tripping innocently into trouble fail to keep him from boredom. He makes new friends, who launch a club in an old chicken coop; just when summer is looking brighter, Ozzie's father has a heart attack and is hospitalized. A delicate b&w drawing conveys the sad moment when the paramedics drive away, and is characteristic of the illustrations effectively placed throughout. Hurwitz, known for her middle-grade fiction, has written a gently affecting story with the same lighthearted touch she uses for comedy. No big tearjerker, this is a simple, poignant recounting of events by an ordinary boy. Ozzie is real; his fears and concerns are palpable. The details of everyday life glow with the warmth of good hearts and close families. (Fiction. 7+) Read full book review >
ROZ AND OZZIE by Johanna Hurwitz
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 23, 1992

New to the neighborhood and to fourth grade, Roz Sasser is eager to make friends—but not with Ozzie Sims, her second-grade uncle who lives next door and follows her everywhere. Dismayed at having to spend so much time with her mother's pesky half-brother, Roz gradually finds that Ozzie is kinder and more resourceful than she is herself. Invited to dinner on ``microwave night'' (when Mrs. Sasser teaches), Roz and her dad enjoy yummy vegetable soup and oatmeal cookies that Ozzie has made. And when she's ready to back out of a long-awaited chance to get her ears pierced, Roz opts for pain over humiliation only to find the ordeal wasn't so bad, with Ozzie's hand to squeeze. Recognizing Ozzie's generous spirit, Roz finally reciprocates, not only when he needs help but because she comes to like him. Hurwitz captures the idiosyncracies of her characters with a deft hand. An appealing, comfortable read. (Fiction. 7+) Read full book review >