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How it Happened in Peach Hill

How it Happened in Peach Hill

Spring 2007 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Marthe Jocelyn
ISBN: 978-0-375-83701-2
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
Peach Hill was similar to the other small New York towns in the early 1920’s that fifteen–year–old Annie Grey and her beautiful and captivating mother, Madame Catarina, favored. Not too sophisticated, it was the kind of place where Madame Catarina could easily ply her trade as a gifted “spiritual advisor.&lrdquo; Now, Madame Catarina had a gift, all right, but it was more about learning what people wanted and needed to hear than about any “clairvoyant” ability. In Peach Hill, Catarina posed Annie as an “idiot” to gather information about the townspeople. It was amazing what people will say if they think you’re not all there. But Annie was getting tired of the lies and deceptions. She wanted to stay somewhere for a while, be her real self, go to school, make friends. She thought Peach Hill might be that place. Annie’s journey to self-discovery is bumpy and funny, sad and touching. Marthe Jocelyn’s warm, engaging, well–written tale about love, lies, truth, deception, and redemption captures a specific time and place, and a universal feeling that will resonate with young teens. Grades 6–9
Patricia Loverich   ©2007 Parents' Choice
Patricia Loverich is a young adult librarian at the Arlington (VA) Public Library. She lives and reads in Arlington with her husband, her 16–year–old son, and her 13–year–old dog.


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