TUNA FISH THANKSGIVING by C.S. Adler

TUNA FISH THANKSGIVING

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Eighth-grader Gilda is in charge of her wistful brother Avery, 11, and winsome sister Bliss, 8; their parents, involved in a bitter, prolonged divorce, have no energy left for them. When their home is sold, Gilda must decide whether to move in with Dad at his girlfriend Pam's house, or stay with her mother in a cramped apartment, which would mean changing schools. Her priorities are to keep the siblings together and to celebrate Thanksgiving as a family; her parents are oblivious to the first wish and find the second out of the question (he is going to Pam's parents; she'll be with members of her support group). Gilda's narration seems longer and more drawn-out than the divorce itself, punctuated as it is by each whine of the bellicose adults. It's not that people in the middle of divorce don't behave this way; it's just that Gilda's self-induced hysteria regarding the appointed place for turkey with all the trimmings may not persuade readers to stick around for the ``We cared about each other, and that's what mattered most'' ending. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 23rd, 1992
ISBN: 0-395-58829-4
Page count: 165pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1992




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