MY NAME IS SUS5AN SMITH.  THE 5 IS SILENT. by Louise Plummer

MY NAME IS SUS5AN SMITH. THE 5 IS SILENT.

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A 17-year-old's obsession with her childhood memories and her longing to fulfill her artistic talent lead her from a sleepy Utah town to Boston. Sus5an (the ``5'' is to make her name special) hopes to show her art while living with Aunt Libby; secretly, she also searches for beloved Uncle Willy, who abandoned another aunt, Marianne, ten years ago. She finds him, only to discover that he is a thief--of hearts as well as valuables--who betrays her as he once betrayed Marianne. Sue returns to Utah ready to face her parents about her college plans: she'll go to art school in Boston. Much more than the sum of its parts, this is a perceptive chronicle of lost innocence and reconciliations, with a first taste of artistic success. Several subplots, tender and funny, contrast with Sue's awakening. Sensitive, intelligent, a book that doesn't simplify life's complications but confronts them--as Sue finally does--head-on. An excellent lead-in to Cole's splendid portrait of another gifted young painter, Celine (1989). (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-385-30043-3
Page count: 218pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1991




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