Young Adult Eve Bunting The In-Between Days

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The In-Between Days

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Why doesn't Caroline Best stay off the island and leave his family alone? George doesn't want somebody from the mainland thinking she can suddenly become a replacement for his dead mother. So when George comes up with a mean prank that he hopes will get rid of Caroline, he is sure that he has found the perfect way to return their family to the way it should be. "A beautifully crafted story that captures...the emotional landscape of an emerging step-family."—Language Arts. "The briskly paced novel will capture many readers...Once again, Bunting hits home."—BL.

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About the Author:

Eve Bunting was born in Ireland and came to California with her husband and three children. She is one of the most acclaimed and versatile children's book authors, with more than two hundred novels and picture books to her credit. Among her honors are many state awards, the Kerlan Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Regina Medal, the Mystery Writers of America and the Western Writers of America awards, and a PEN International Special Achievement award for her contribution to children's literature. In 2002, Ms. Bunting was chosen to be Irish-American Woman of the Year by the Irish-American Heritage Committee of New York.



Eve Bunting is the author of numerous books for young people, including Our Sixth-Grade Sugar Babies, a Best Book of 1990 (School Library Journal), Is Anybody There?, a Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award finalist, and Coffin on a Case, winner of the 1993 Best Juvenile Mystery Edgar Award. Ms. Bunting lives in Pasadena, CA.

Alexander Pertzoff is a free-lance artist whose work has been exhibited in many galleries, in both group and individual shows. He has also illustrated Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan. He lives on a farm in western Massachusetts.

From Kirkus Reviews:

``The ice looks so still, but I know everything is moving out there, the pieces fitting themselves together,'' says 11-year-old George of the frozen harbor beyond his house. In one elegant sentence, Bunting (Night of the Gargoyles, p. 1122, etc.; A Day's Work, see above) manages to convey the shifting and unstable world of a child whose mother has died. This book, which is about George's father's remarriage, quietly and accurately captures the way feisty George tries to turn his grief into anger, and finally fails. It is marred by dialogue that is at times too elegant (``Oh, surely they wouldn't,'' the preteen thinks when someone mentions remarriage; ``And I send mine to her,'' says a five-year-old boy when told someone has sent their love his way). But we're always swiftly lured back to where we belong--the child's perspective- -whether pondering the odds of being grabbed by an octopus or wondering if Santa's going to make it through a storm. Beautifully rendered, from the depiction of the in-between days of Dove Islanders waiting for an ice-bridge of discarded Christmas trees to be built to the myriad odd little places Bunting finds love (in one scene it's a badly knitted scarf that's too long because the knitter ``just didn't want to stop''). Powerful and poignant. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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