THE RETURN OF CALICO BRIGHT by David Winkler

THE RETURN OF CALICO BRIGHT

Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Callie’s bildungsroman takes her from high-school concerns, through adventure and danger, to political understanding. A high-schooler concerned that she weighs too much to attract athlete Jeff, Callie’s only comforts are the journals of Calico Bright, her bear-wrangling, Injun-killing great-great-great-great-grandmother. When Callie’s best friend Jakeeta foils a gas station robbery, the girls are thrust into the spotlight and Callie into Jeff’s arms. Jeff’s attentions drive an inexplicable rift between Callie and Jakeeta. When Jeff leaves Callie, she suspects Jakeeta, and turns to the journals of Calico Bright for comfort. But wait—the journals appear to be fiction, created by Callie’s mother. And when Callie confronts her mother, she finds her in the arms of co-worker—a revelation that leads to Callie’s parents’ immediate separation. Desperate to escape, the suddenly fit Callie goes on a social-studies camping trip with poor classmate Trotter, a journey that leads to confrontations with anti-government white supremacists. Some quite good stories here, but too many plot lines, several unresolved. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2003
ISBN: 0-374-38048-1
Page count: 352pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2003