LISTENING FOR CRICKETS by David Gifaldi

LISTENING FOR CRICKETS

Age Range: 9 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Jake has difficulty reading and writing and faces teasing at school. His father moves from one low-paying job to another, and his parents argue often and loudly. At night he whispers stories of dragons and magic to his little sister Cassie in order to drown out the sounds of their anger. His dreams send him flying on strong batwings, searching for the sounds of a cricket choir that will bring good luck. He and Cassie even build a secret Dragon’s Nest in the hedge as a bolthole to which they can escape when things get scary. But there is more to his life than his problems: He has a loyal friend, caring teachers and a kind neighbor. Gifaldi strikes just the right chord, never preaching, judging or allowing the plot to become maudlin or contrived. Jake is a warm, real character who engages the reader’s compassion. The conclusion is realistic as well, providing no fairy-tale ending but leaving both Jake and readers with some resolution and hope for the future. Genuine and touching. (Fiction. 9-13)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8050-7385-0
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2008




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