IN THE KEY OF DO by Carole Fréchette


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Age Range: 14 & up
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The unlikely friendship of two French-Canadian high-school girls illuminates the emotional turmoil both have undergone through the loss of a parent. At age 14, conventional Vero finds herself appalled by the outrageous clothing and attitude of the new girl, Do. At first intent on avoiding Do, Vero nevertheless agrees to work with her on a class project, only to find aversion changing to fascination. Their friendship deepens until Do simply disappears just as the girls were planning an unauthorized trip to visit Vero’s long-absent father. Two years later, Vero becomes obsessed with finding Do. In alternating chapters, readers move from the girls’ past friendship to Vero’s present search for her missing friend. Along the way they learn of the losses each has suffered—Vero’s father, and Do’s deceased mother. This brief but compelling French novella should capture the attention of many young readers with its insightful treatment of adolescent friendship and of the swirling emotions felt by teens with absent parents. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-88995-254-X
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Red Deer Press
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2003


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