MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD by Susan Beth Pfeffer


Age Range: 10 & up
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 Around a potentially riveting tale of a teenager's encounter with the facts of her adoption, Pfeffer perpetuates some nasty stereotypes of Italian-Americans. Val Castaladi lives a protected life, escorted to and from her all-girls' Catholic school--Most Precious Blood--by her bodyguard; her best friend is the daughter of her father's lawyer. She considers her widower father a ``respectable businessman'' even though she knows there are ``mob'' connections. Then she learns that she is adopted, that distant relatives gave her up in return for financial security, and that one of the nuns at her school is a blood sibling. Her father tells her that he couldn't have adopted a son: ``What does a man care about a daughter?...A son would be a Castaladi. He'd expect to take over the business. I couldn't accept that if he wasn't my blood.'' The book is dense with similar clichÇs (including the purchased silence of the nuns in return for a stained-glass window, and stories of families who have ``moved'' or been ``transferred'' for slights against Val's family). The adoption issues are explored only superficially. (Fiction. 10+)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-553-28838-5
Page count: 176pp
Publisher: Bantam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1991


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