Motherless, eleven-year-old Elvira, looks for a mother and finds instead the father she hardly knew she had.
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Grade 5-8 Friendless and dreamy 11-year-old Elvira Trumbull lives with her unemployed, heavy-drinking father in a trailer park. She accepts his lack of outward affection toward her and idolizes the town's children's librarian, Miss Ivy, who shares her interest in growing roses and provides her with the female affection she has missed since her mother died when she was younger. Feeling inadequate and guilty about the kind of life he is providing for Elvira, Mr. Trumbull arranges to send her to her wealthy aunt in Sulphur Springs, six hours away. To avoid this, Elvira attempts to match up divorced Miss Ivy and her father. When her plan fails, Elvira runs away, causing her father to make a new and positive commitment to their life together. Elvira is a splendidly realized character and a tough survivor, like the rose bush which keeps reocurring as a symbol of her character. Miss Ivy is the wise person we all wish we could be, saying the right things at the right time. The complexities of Trumbull's characterhis insecurities and doubts about his ability as a parent, causing him to appear cold and unlovingadd depth to the story. Sensitive readers will pick up the subtleties and contradictions in his behavior, and understand, long before Elvira, that he really does love her. Most readers will appreciate the changes they see in him and rejoice in the positive note on which the novel ends. Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, Conn.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110027243702
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0027243702 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0005731
Book Description Simon & Schuster (Juv), 1986. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027243702