ADELINE STEET by Carol Lynch Williams

ADELINE STEET

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A sequel to Kelly and Me (1993), this episodic book follows the Orton family month by month through their first year of grieving for ten-year-old Kelly, who died at the end of the previous book. Older sister Leah, 12, narrates; she considers Kelly to have been her best friend, and from her perspective come flashes of insight into the healing process of her family. Buying Christmas presents, meeting a new preacher, finding a friend, noticing her old friend Tom for the first time as a cute boy--all are fraught with ambivalence for Leah. She feels guilty for having fun and disloyal for changing in ordinary adolescent ways. There is a believable Southern ring in Leah's voice and many original incidents, but some of her discoveries seem belabored. Completely convincing is the family's numb isolation and gradual reawakening. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-385-31075-7
Page count: 186pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1995




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