IZZY’S PLACE by Marc Kornblatt


Age Range: 8 - 10
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Unbalanced by his parent’s constant loud arguments, Henry can’t stop screaming; the psychiatrist validates his behavior, but agrees that a summer with his grandmother would be therapeutic. Henry’s inner turmoil finds no solace, because his beloved grandfather has died recently and his Grandmother’s overprotectiveness is not comforting. From his elderly neighbor, who exemplifies a quiet dignity in the face of family tragedy, Henry learns that sorrow can be managed. As he learns to calm himself by juggling, he recognizes that Mr. Fine channels his sorrow through violin practice in a one-room shed dedicated to the memory of his dead son. Henry begins to shake off his depression, as he learns that his efforts make a positive difference in his own life. Character-driven, Henry’s acceptance of what he can’t change will bring hope to those who feel their home lives are out of control. (Fiction. 8-10)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-689-84639-8
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: McElderry
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2003