CROSSING MONTANA by Laura Torres

CROSSING MONTANA

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Grandpa has disappeared again and Claire and her family must make the trip out to Idaho to try and help find him. His disappearance prompts a discussion of another missing person: Claire’s father. He seemed energized with a superhuman energy one moment and unable to crawl out of his darkened bedroom the next. His death, while originally presented as an accident, is found to be a confused tangle of drugs and suicide and Claire’s mother is left unable to cope with the loss. She is incapable of focusing on any one task for long, even basic housework seems to allude her. As they make the trip east from the moist Seattle landscape to the arid desert of Idaho, memories of her father flood Claire’s thoughts. She remembers his insistence that she learn three languages at once and his determination that she should inherently understand how to swim without formal instruction. She also remembers his inability to function for days on end, lost in the depths of depression. Claire, with the help of her younger brother Stink and her friend, Raf, begins to accept the deficiencies of her family, eventually managing to put the memory of her father to rest. As she copes with the tangled feelings of identity and love, she also realizes that she must confront the possibility of mental illness in her own life. Absorbing and powerful. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: June 15th, 2002
ISBN: 0-8234-1643-7
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2002




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