MAIZIE by Linda Oatman High


Age Range: 9 - 12
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 Maizie, 12, is older than her years; her mother left the family four years ago, right after sister Grace was born, and her silent, gloomy father has a drinking problem. Optimistic and hard- working, Maizie wants her family back together, her father to quit drinking, and a strawberry roan pony. But tragedy and disaster are always lurking; the family dog dies, she almost stabs her eye out, and her father accidently sets a neighbor's farm on fire. Vividly original details give Maizie's tale force, but it lacks a satisfying ending and consistent voice. The narrative veers unconvincingly between hillbilly colloquialism and lofty imagery; not that a girl from the Pennsylvania mountains can't have a poetic notion, but nothing Maizie says indicates that such thoughts are forthcoming, and so they always jar. (Fiction. 9-12)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1995
ISBN: 0-8234-1161-3
Page count: 177pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 1995


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