VALENTINE TO A FLYING MOUSE by Laura Hawkins

VALENTINE TO A FLYING MOUSE

Age Range: 7 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Tammy Collins feels like a nobody because her father, who left a year ago, hasn't been in touch with her since; her pain and confusion lead to name-calling, lying, and stealing. A disabled bookstore-owner and Tammy's older sister help her to restore her faith in herself and make amends. The plot's sound but flawed by a clumsily handled fantasy subplot about a flying mouse and by unlikely motivation (readers are asked to accept that fourth graders believe in monsters and aliens; that an estranged couple- -absent serious pathology--would allow a year to pass without any contact between father and children; and that paraplegia can be overcome by force of will); the story is also cluttered with unnecessary incidents and with a message--``Believe in yourself''- -that's tediously overstated. (Fiction. 7-9)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-395-61628-X
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993




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