POSSUM SUMMER by Jen K. Blom

POSSUM SUMMER

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Age Range: 8 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

Eleven-year-old Princess desperately wants a pet, but her father says animals on a farm must earn their keep.

With her dad away in Iraq, her mother busy with work and her older half-sister Monica busy being 16, “P” (which she prefers over Princess) tries to make the cow-herding dog Blackie a pet, but he won’t listen to her. When Blackie kills a possum, P finds it was a mother and adopts the surviving baby despite her father’s rule. With the help of her best friend Mart, P keeps “Ike” a secret from teachers and family while trying to teach him to be a wild possum (since her wounded father will be home soon). With rabies running rampant in the Oklahoma countryside and catastrophes coming fast and furious, can P do right by her charge and keep the farm ready for her father’s return? Blom’s debut is a run-of-the-mill wild-animal–as-pet tale, though the deployed-father element makes it plenty relevant today. There’s a slight disconnect between the vocabulary used to relate this folksy story and the first-person narrator’s difficulties in school and with letter writing, but P is a feisty, honest country gal.

Readers with a hankering for a modern, Midwest animal tale could do worse. (Fiction. 8-11)

Pub Date: June 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2331-6
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Holiday House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2011




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