"This first novel shows a faultless ear for southern rural dialect and narrative style as it relates, in the words of a young boy, how three friends find an abandoned baby, leave it secretly on the porch of a warm-hearted spinster, and suffer the inevitable drama of the community's acknowledging not a 'miracle' but an illegitimate child . . ."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
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Grade 6-9 Justin, Sylvie, and Lyon, the narrator, overhear a distraught mother being persuaded by a man to abandon her newborn child in the woods. They rescue the baby, and, after much discussion, leave the infant on the porch of Adeline Newberry, a spinster who has always longed for a child and who names the child Miracle. The children swear eternal silence about their deed, but, in a fit of anger, Sylvie tells the secret to her friend Taffy, who in turn tells her mother. The far-fetched plot is strained by complications that lead to numerous happy resolutions. Lyon's father, Bear, a wanderer since Lyon's mother died in childbirth, decides to return home, then falls in love with Fleur, the unwed mother, who reclaims Miracle from Adeline, thus risking the town's censure. It is hinted that Adeline will be reunited with her old beau who has returned as a widower with two sons in need of her mothering. Lyon decides to remain with his aunt and uncle, and not interfere with his father's new family. Only the hapless Taffy and her abusive mother escape these miraculous, incredible conclusions. There is a disturbing portrayal of a hunchback gypsy fortuneteller, who is handled in such an insensitive and stereotypical way that she is presented as deserving of the scorn and fear that she inspires. Pendergraft writes ablyher dialect and dialogue are convincing, reminiscent of Robert Newton Peck's. She also creates some memorable characters with a few deft touches. However, this plot strains credulity from the first chapter. Just one strand of this story could have sustained a novel, with happier results. Deborah Vose, Lake Region High School, Bridgton, Maine
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Lyon Savage is a boy who dreams that J. Edgar Hoover is after him, and who wishes his pa, Bear, would join him in Clement's Pond for good, not just as a visitor. When Lyon and friends Sylvie and Justin find an abandoned baby, they secretly deliver it to a spinster, Miss Adeline, who names the baby Miracle. Their action ultimately reunites families and paves the way for Bear Savage to meet the baby's real mother, who becomes his bride. The homey flavor of the writing sets readers down in Clement's Pondwith folks both ornery and gentleand infuses the story with tall-tale elements that are easy to swallow. There is more than one miracle at Clement's Pond; this portrait of a small town of the past is moving and humorous, with inhabitants that readers will be darn glad they met. Ages 10-up.
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