A MESSAGE FROM THE MATCH GIRL by Janet Taylor Lisle

A MESSAGE FROM THE MATCH GIRL

Age Range: 9 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

 The third Investigators entry presents a tantalizing mystery of mother love. Left in Granny Docker's casserole dish after a church supper, Walter Kew has no memory of his mother, only a baby picture posed in front of a statue of Hans Christian Andersen's Match Girl in a local park. When someone starts sending Walter matches in the mail and leaving tokens of his past at the statue (a tiny blue mitten, a hospital ID bracelet), his friends Poco and Georgina suspect a shy waitress who works near the park of being Walter's real mother. Walter prefers to believe in a ghostly parent who gives him what he most desperately needs--the knowledge that he was loved and never abandoned. Lisle (Looking for Juliette, 1994, etc.) brings grace and precision to every line of this thoughtful book that is full of a child's wistful fancy and hope. Distinctive characters--the dialogue between Poco and Georgina is always funny and true--and a compelling theme combine eloquently in a memorable work. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-531-09487-1
Page count: 121pp
Publisher: Orchard
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1995




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