MEL by Liz Berry


Age Range: 12 & up
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 Likable, hard-working Mel emerges from her mother's neglect and abuse to take charge of her own future. Mel not only renovates her shabby home after her mother is institutionalized but also organizes other residents of her rundown neighborhood into a group capable of getting the social services that are their due. Meanwhile, she takes over an antique store for its elderly owner and increases profits. All this is credibly handled; readers will hail Mel's growth, determination, and endless industry. However--into the rejuvenation enters a rock star ``slumming'' to dodge his fans; he falls hopelessly in love with Mel and waits for her to get over a teen-age crush on a teacher. This somewhat overdramatic aspect of the plot threatens, but never thwarts, its robust spirit or enterprising answers to life's ongoing difficulties. (Fiction. 12+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-670-83925-6
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1991