THE VANISHING POINT by Susan Bonners

THE VANISHING POINT

Age Range: 10 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Kate’s yearly summer pastime of vacationing with her family on her grandparent’s farm is altered with impending back surgery for her father and the birth of her sister’s first baby. The offer to spend the summer with family friends and their daughter, Alison, in an eastern coastal resort town, along with the chance to cultivate her drawing through art lessons, proves intriguing to the shy, reserved and concerned Kate. Welcomed by the bubbly and friendly Alison, Kate settles in for two months adjusting to everything from the ocean’s expansive beauty and strength to learning about art from a structured set of rules and techniques. Bonners weaves art lessons, illustrated by her pencil sketches, into a novel with a slow-moving plot centered on a young girl’s first experience away from her family. Added to the leisurely pace is a mild mystery behind a fire-damaged painting that Kate purchases and restores. Kate’s coming-of-age angst is subtly portrayed and her maturation in terms of parting with her newfound treasure is admirable, but the easygoing style makes this more appropriate for would-be artists than for fans of lots of action. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 12th, 2005
ISBN: 0-374-38081-3
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2005




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