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MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams Kirkus Star

MILES FROM ORDINARY

By Carol Lynch Williams

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: March 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-55512-2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

This absorbing portrait of a 13-year-old girl and her struggle to cope with her mentally ill mother transports readers to hope, fear and horror. Lacey just wants to be ordinary. She wants to have a friend and to work at the library, but her apparently psychotic mother dominates her life. The girl must take care of Momma, instead of the other way around. When her mother disappears, Lacey confronts not only her own fears but also her mother’s desperate illness. Momma constantly talks to Lacey’s dead “Granddaddy,” who tells her to do bizarre things. Granddaddy’s latest request, however, might get both of them killed. Far more frightening than a ghost story, the novel achieves complete realism as Williams shows readers events through the eyes of a young girl whom the child-protection system has failed. Nevertheless, Lacey has so much spunk that readers are sure she’ll survive. The author has crafted both a riveting, unusual suspense tale and an absolutely convincing character in Lacey. The book truly is miles from ordinary, in the very best way. Outstanding. (Fiction. 12 & up)