TAKE ME WITH YOU by Carolyn Marsden

TAKE ME WITH YOU

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

An orphanage for abandoned girls in Naples after World War II is the setting for this tale of two girls, now about 11, who have been there since they were babies. Susanna’s father was an American nero, a black man; Pina—short for Giuseppina—has golden curls and rosy skin and a mother who has left her at the istituto but will not let her be adopted. Every Sunday after Mass couples visit the istituto to look over prospective daughters, and each week Susanna and Pina are left behind. The longing for parental affection, while the obvious theme, is still curiously at a remove from readers, even as Susanna tries to find a response to the tall, gentle black American sailor who is her father, and Pina tries to track down her mother in the slums of the city. There’s too much telling and not enough showing, despite alternating chapters that follow each girl in the third person, and a lot of cliché—a severe old nun and a kind postulant, for example. Despite the intriguing concept, this effort falls flat. (Italian glossary) (Historical fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3739-2
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2010




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