Moonpie and IvySpring 2001 Fiction
Ages: 10 - 15 yrs.
Author: Barbara O'Connor
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:Twelve year old Pearl is unceremoniously deserted by her erratic, volatile mother at the home of Aunt Ivy, whom she had never met. Totally ignorant of her mother's family, Pearl must not only deal with desertion, she must try to adjust to the totally alien, rural environment of Darwood, Georgia. A neighboring, extremely pale boy, aptly named Moonpie, tries to befriend the experience-hardened Pearl. Thawing slightly under the kindness of Moonpie and Ivy, Pearl's problems are too deep for rapid healing. With amazing, kindly insight into the psyche of a troubled child, the author has written a wonderfully realistic story with a humorous slant that never patronizes her characters who are poor and southern.
Kemie Nix ©2001 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense in selecting books children love to read.
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