MY MOM AND OTHER MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE by Gina Willner-Pardo

MY MOM AND OTHER MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE

Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

When their parents almost die in an automobile accident, Arlie and Michael’s plan for a fun visit with their favorite aunt becomes a nightmare. Arlie wrestles with her own heartbreak as she copes without her loving father, and grapples with her guilt as she struggles with her bitter feelings about her critical mother. As Mom slips into a coma, a new girl in her fifth-grade class mysteriously appears just as her class starts a school play. This girl looks and acts just like Mom, in fact, she is Mom, and Arlie suddenly realizes that this twilight-zone experience might not be a curse. At the same time her brother’s needs are great, and the tenderness between Arlie and her brother reveal a girl who is growing up and taking it upon herself to protect and guide her vulnerable brother. Arlie is a likable protagonist who balances her ability to compartmentalize her grief while she’s at school as well as face her internal terrors. Willner-Pardo’s exploration of personal fears and desires as well as familial relationships and responsibilities resonate with authenticity. Spunky meets spooky. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 14th, 2004
ISBN: 0-618-43020-2
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2004




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