REARRANGING by David Gifaldi

REARRANGING

and Other Stories
Age Range: 11 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sweet and sour, hot and cold, vicious and tender, joyous and sorry: As in the days of adolescence, this collection from Gifaldi (Gregory, Maw, and the Mean One, 1992) is full of contradictions. In “Me and Johnny,” a girl waits for her estranged father, who, true to his habits, doesn’t show up; in “Mr. Burrell,” some boys play a nasty trick on one of their group who is big and slow. The last four stories find exceptional truths in some painfully awkward moments: In “Paying Respects,” a boy attends the wake of a teammate’s sibling and learns to see treasure both in his own life and in a shared piece of candy; in “The Driving Lesson,” a mother struggles to communicate the facts of life to her daughter. The final, transcendent story, “And Angels Too,” takes trash-poor Ruthie and Wayne and transforms them into archetypal teenagers on a hot summer night. The stories gather in force as the book progresses, until every protagonist has come to a moment that “rearranges” his or her thinking—whether a shifting perspective of the past, a glimmering notion of the future, or both. (Short stories. 11-14)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-689-81750-9
Page count: 148pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 1998




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