WHAT I CALL LIFE by Jill Wolfson

WHAT I CALL LIFE

Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

Cal Lavender (11) has perfected what she calls “My Face for Unbearably Unpleasant and Embarrassing Situations,” which unfortunately is coming in handy following her mother’s latest public outburst. While the story never gives Betty, Cal’s mother, a specific diagnosis, her mental health causes Cal to be taken into protective custody until such time as Betty is deemed a functioning parent. Assuming that her stay at the group home, dubbed the Pumpkin House, is simply a detour from her real life, Cal initially resists getting to know the other girls. These include Whitney, a girl with an imaginary sister and a motor mouth; Amber, who can’t stop pulling out all of her hair; and Monica, who jumps at her own shadow. The head of the group home, simply known as The Knitting Lady, offers pearls of wisdom in the form of stories, offering the girls a glimpse into each other’s lives. While the odd characters are interesting, it’s the smart and unique voice that makes this story shine. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2005
ISBN: 0-8050-7669-7
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005




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