FOR THE LOVE OF PETE by Jan Marino

FOR THE LOVE OF PETE

Age Range: 9 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Marino (The Day That Elvis Came to Town, 1991) sends a distinctive cast on an odyssey through the South of the late 70's. After 11-year-old Phoebe's grandmother is placed in a rest home, life unravels for the remaining household--Billy (Gram's driver), Bertie (the cook), and Bishopp (the butler), forced to abandon long-familiar patterns, take to the road in a Deusenberg ``old enough to be drawing a pension.'' Their goal is to turn Phoebe over to her father, absent since before her birth. As the four bounce along Georgia's back roads (Bertie refuses to travel highways unless ``the Lord agree[s] to drive''), Phoebe prays for the failure of their mission. Fearing further rejection from her father--as well as the loss of her beloved Billy, Bertie, and Bishopp--she longs to return to her home in Lubelle county, an event ``not in the cards.'' Still, during this sojourn--which includes encounters with racial intolerance and alcoholic distemper--Phoebe comes of age, expanding her insights into her multifaceted caretakers. Neither occasional implausible leaps in character logic (a restaurant owner's incredible generosity; a phantom pregnancy sequence) nor the abrupt ending can fray the homespun integrity of Marino's tale. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-316-54627-5
Page count: 198pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




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