THIRTEEN GOING ON SEVEN by Marilyn Sachs

THIRTEEN GOING ON SEVEN

Age Range: 10 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Twins Dee and Dezzy couldn't be less alike: Dee loves shopping and socializing; Dezzy loves cleaning up garbage in the park. What little fraternizing Dezzy does is with her father during late-afternoon jogs--when she's too breathless to speak. After health-conscious Grandma suddenly dies and Dezzy breaks a leg, Dezzy and her couch-potato grandfather are thrust together. Grampa's character dominates an otherwise undistinguished cast; the sensitive portrayal of his gruff and angry grief resonates with honesty. Unfortunately, Sachs crams her story with sibling rivalry, bereavement, environmental issues, adolescent alienation, first menstruation, and intergenerational relationships--far more than this slim, unfocused novel can hold. Disappointing. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-525-45096-3
Page count: 134pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 1993




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