LAUGH TILL YOU CRY by Joan Lowery Nixon


Age Range: 10 - 14
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Cody and his mom have moved to Houston to take care of his grandmother. As if being the new kid in school isn’t enough, he must also contend with his cousin Hayden and his cohorts who bully him at every turn. The situation turns serious when Cody is blamed for several dangerous pranks. As the problems escalate to include stolen homework projects and secret plots, he tries to shield his grandmother from Hayden’s involvement. An understanding police officer offers support and friendship as Cody solves the mystery of the pranks and forms a truce of sorts with his cousin. Nixon has crafted a lively, fast-paced tale with an intelligent young hero who is creative, courageous, and compassionate. He is surrounded by multidimensional supporting characters who add depth and complexity to a deceptively simple plot. A fine addition to Nixon’s long and distinguished career. Published posthumously, with a moving tribute from Mary Higgins Clark. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 2004
ISBN: 0-385-73027-6
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2004


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