SUMMER ENDINGS by Sollace Hotze


Age Range: 10 - 14
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 During the summer of 1945, 12-year-old Christine Kosinski and her family await news of Papa, an outspoken history professor who was caught in Poland when the others escaped six years ago. From their apartment overlooking Chicago's Wrigley Field, Christine and her friend watch the Cubs' championship season and, briefly, rent seats on their balcony to neighborhood men who want to watch the games; Mama's sturdy proscription of this creative endeavor is just one of the realistically understated hints of sexuality that run through the book--from a scary encounter with a leering cemetery caretaker to Christine's sister's marriage to the handsome Marine she's been dancing with at the romantic Aragon Room. Meanwhile, Christine gets a taste of a real job when she pinch-hits in an ice-cream parlor; and, as the weeks after Japan's surrender go by, she begins to think that Papa may never come (in the end, he does). Both place and period are beautifully evoked here, with carefully selected details and incidents that--though they never build to an exciting climax--paint an unusually authentic portrait of a girl poised between childhood's concerns and adult knowledge. (Fiction. 10-14)

Pub Date: April 22nd, 1991
ISBN: 0-395-56197-3
Page count: 165pp
Publisher: Clarion
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991