ANGEL IN MY POCKET by Ilene Cooper

ANGEL IN MY POCKET

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

A good-luck charm exerts a positive effect on the lives of four seventh graders at a Chicago magnet school for the performing arts. Cynical and lonely since her mother’s untimely death, 13-year-old Bette feels “empty and still, inside and out” until she finds a charm embossed with an angel. Gradually Bette starts singing again, earns a role in the school musical and addresses her grief. Her angry, disillusioned classmate Joe lives in a small apartment with his overworked, sickly single mom. Lately Joe’s resorted to extorting cash from Andy, a timid, wealthier classmate, to supplement his income. Then Joe takes Bette’s charm from her desk, and his luck changes as he channels his energy into designing sets for the musical. In a gesture of recompense, Joe gives the talisman to Andy, who passes it to his reclusive, asthmatic sister, Vivi, who dreads returning to school since gaining weight from her medications. Armed with the charm, Vivi recasts her self-image and accompanies Andy in the musical. Tracking the school production from fall tryouts through the final performance, the plot shifts in third-person voice from Bette to Joe to Andy and Vivi as they learn to believe in themselves, one another and the angel in their pockets. As their lives intersect, four credible, contemporary, creative preteens find faith to move forward. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-37014-5
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2011




BANJO OF DESTINY RELATED READS:

Children THE JAZZ KID by James Lincoln Collier
by James Lincoln Collier
Children ANGEL IN MY POCKET by Ilene Cooper
by Ilene Cooper
Children FIDDLE FEVER by Sharon Arms Doucet
by Sharon Arms Doucet
Children LUCKY STARS by Lucy Frank
by Lucy Frank

MORE BY ILENE COOPER

ChildrenA WOMAN IN THE HOUSE (AND SENATE) by Ilene Cooper
by Ilene Cooper
ChildrenLOOK AT LUCY! by Ilene Cooper
by Ilene Cooper
ChildrenJAKE’S BEST THUMB by Ilene Cooper
by Ilene Cooper