In this story a nineteen-year-old homeless boy reluctanty befriends an old woman with senile dementia, living alone in squalor with her cats. An outcast himself, he finds refuge with her and in helping her to survive he gradually comes to terms with himself.
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Margaret Mahy was born in New Zealand and has loved telling stories all her life. She has published well over a hundred titles and won several major prizes and awards, including The Order of New Zealand, for her internationally-acclaimed contribution to children's literature. She has twice won the prestigious Carnegie Medal, (The Haunting, 1982, and The Changeover, 1984).Margaret lives in the South Island of New Zealand, in a house which she partially built herself, overlooking Governor's Bay.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up Memorythe crucial center of our identities, its joy and pain, and the consequences of its dislocationis the theme of Mahy's latest novel. Nine teen-year-old Jonny Dart is both run ning away from the painful memory of his sister's death, and towards under standing his role in that death. In a mo ment of crisis he meets Sophie, an Alz heimer's victim in her 80s, and the two are drawn together. Both are trapped to some extent by their memories; both are outcasts living within a kaleido scopic vision of both past and present. Even the minor characters echo the hold of memory, and the setting is dom inated by a giant fake faucet that hangs on a sign overlooking the old lady's house. What a powerful image of the flow of memory! In caring for Sophie, including one memorable, funny, yet delicate scene where Jonny gently bathes her, readers see a process of re orientation and healing for the torment ed young man. Sophie's condition is de picted realistically as incurable, but readers' empathy and respect for the dignity that lies behind the mismatched clothing and wandering conversation will grow steadily chapter by chapter. Warmly recommended for its insight into a special relationship, vivid de scriptions and depth of character por trayal, this will be appreciated by thoughtful readers. Barbara Hutche son, Greater Victoria Public Library, B.C., Canada
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Book Description Laurel Leaf, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11044020433X
Book Description Laurel Leaf. MASS MARKET PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 044020433X New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1818745