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While helping her mother clean out the family home in Puget Sound, fifteen-year-old Jane must deal with her hateful aunt and difficult cousin Ricki, a romance that cannot last, and secrets from her mother's past.
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Jean Thesman has written several award-winning novels for young adults, including:
The Rain Catchers -- ALA Best Book for Young Adults; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Booklist Editors' Choice; Golden Kite Award
Rachel Chance -- ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults
The Last April Dancers -- ALA Best Book for Young Adults; ALA Quick Pick; IRA Children's and YA Choice; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
When the Road Ends -- ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults
and, most recently,
The Other Ones -- an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a barnesandnoble.com Top Ten Teen Novel of 1999, an International Honor Book of the Society of School Librarians
Viking will be publishing her In the House of the Queen's Beasts in Summer 2001.
Jean Thesman lives in Washington State, the setting for almost all of her books.
copyright © 2000 Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 8-10-After the death of Jane Douglas's grandmother, she and her mother, Abby, travel to Royal Bay near the Puget Sound to settle the estate and sell the property. Complications in the person of Abby's sister, Norma, have held up the final disposition for two years. Jane is not thrilled with being in Royal Bay or with the prospect of Aunt Norma and cousin Ricki's arrival to claim their fair share. What does attract Jane's attention is Carey Boone, a boy who lives in town. When daring and spoiled cousin Ricki arrives, she drops her clothes and belongings all over the floor, leaves a trail of junk food from the kitchen to her bedroom, talks back, whines constantly, and somehow convinces Jane to sneak out at night to the amusement park to meet Carey and his friends. Ricki and her mother are two of the most irritating literary characters readers will ever meet. And thus the story begins to fall apart. The characterizations, especially of those two, are flat and one-dimensional. The plot centers around an old family dispute between Norma and Abby that is now about to repeat itself in the next generation. But who cares? This dysfunctional, but not-quite-ready-for-the-Jerry-Springer-show family is just too annoying and clueless for readers to tolerate very long. Moonstones is part love story and part Family Feud, but not terribly engaging in either case.
Roxanne Burg, Thousand Oaks Library, CA
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