UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE by Carol Carrick

UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE

Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Carrick (Melanie, 1996, etc.) sensitively explores the pain of a parent’s death through the eyes, feelings, and voice of a nine-year-old boy whose world turns upside down when his father becomes terminally ill with cancer. Through a fictional reminiscence, the story explores many of the issues common to children whose parents are ill—loss of control, changes in physical appearance and mental ability, upsets in daily routine, experiences of guilt and anger, the reaction of friends, and, most of all, a fear of the unknown. Although the book suffers from a pat ending and the black-and-white sketches emphasize the bleakness of the topic, this title is a notch above pure bibliotherapy and will fill a special niche for children struggling to deal with the trauma of parental sickness and death. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1999
ISBN: 0-395-84151-8
Page count: 64pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1999