Just for You to Know
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|Format:||Hardback, 308 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 July 2006|
As her family noisily slurps root beers at a drive-in stop, Carmen longs to be invisible -- especially when Clark and Larry shout out the news about Mama. Can it get any worse than this? Carmen imagines she's been kidnapped -- how else did she wind up as one of the Cathcarts. . . . At almost thirteen she's the oldest, with five noisy little brothers, a dreamy mom, and a sometimes reckless dad. When she's a famous artist, she'll get away from them all This wonderfully honest and bighearted first novel mirrors life. Carmen Cathcart becomes a friend as, with a voice that is deeply moving yet often funny, she shares the importance of holding on to your dreams and what it means to be a family.
Gr 5-8-This coming-of-age novel introduces 13-year-old Carmen Cathcart, the oldest girl in a family of eight. In the summer before junior high, her parents move her family once again, this time to the small town of Independence, MO. As if that isn't bad enough, her mother is pregnant again. But it is when mom dies during childbirth that the real story begins. Harness accurately portrays the thoughts and feelings of an aspiring artist whose life is suddenly put on hold. Carmen's pain and loneliness are brought to life through her narrative. The writing flows nicely and is especially true and tender in the dialogue between mother and daughter, but it can also be heart-wrenching when witnessing the internal struggles of Carmen's father. Emotions are brought to life as the teen believably changes from a selfish adolescent into a nurturing older sister. Although some of the characters lack development, especially bad-boy-on-the-block Ricky Scudder, Harness handles well the effect of a parent's death on a family.-Carly B. Wiskoff, Sayville Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Carmen's narration is lively and accessible" -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
|Dimensions: ||21.69 x 13.97 x 2.57 centimeters (0.48 kg)|