Fiction Barthe DeClements The Pickle Song

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The Pickle Song

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When Paula attempts to befriend the new girl on the block, she discovers that there is more to friendship than simply sharing good times. Reprint. PW.

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Barthe Declements is an author of children's and young adult books. Some of her published credits include Fourth Grade Wizards, Double Trouble, I Never Asked You to Understand Me, and Bite of the Gold Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush (Once Upon America).

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DeClements tackles homelessness from an unusual angle: her protagonist, Paula, becomes friends with a girl living with her mother in a parked car. Sukey does her best to hide the truth from Paula and others at school, where she's fraudulently enrolled. But Paula, still reconciling herself to her parents' divorce, yearns for a new friend, especially after she hears Sukey sing and play a guitar. Once the waiflike Sukey gets over her initial wariness, she shares some new skills, such as pawning valuables and burrowing through dumpsters for food. Things improve for Sukey when her mother gets a temporary job and living quarters with Paula's neighbor (Sukey moves into Paula's room); then her father sends word that he has a job, and money for them to join him. The author tries to keep realism front and center, but it's continually inflated by wild hopes and wishful thinking; the outcome for homeless families is rarely so quick or so promising. And Paula, whose first-person narration never offers much insight, emerges mostly as a device for showcasing Sukey's woes. Readers will want to like this ordinary cast of characters, facing problems right out of the headlines--but beyond the lessons, there's little to engage. (Fiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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