Kitty Dale, whose mother does not want to deal with a child, or admit one into her new life, spends the summer with Aunt Petal and eventually learns to accept her mother's weaknesses.
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Grade 5-7 After discovering that her father has remarried and moved to Colorado, Kitty Dale shows up unexpectedly at her mother's home. Preparing for her own marriage, Bauma has little time for her daughter and foists her off on Aunt Petal, a country woman who survives by selling jam and performing marriages. Kitty decides she will not accept her mother's plan quietly this time and concentrates on two ideas that summer: to get back at her self-obsessed mother, who has ignored her since birth, and to help Aunt Petal's failing business. Like many of Cleaver's heroines, Kitty is a spirited no-nonsense girl who takes matters into her own hands. The narrative is filled with Kitty's silent thoughts, which in Cleaver's words are perhaps more mature and eloquent than a ten year old's would be. As Kitty's plans for revenge take root, the development may be too slow in coming for readers. It slides in and out among Petal's depression, the slavish devotion of Petal's great-nephew Tom, and the creation of clay creatures and a brick playhouse, which figure into Kitty's plot. She could, of course, simply blurt out the secret of her mother's annulled marriage to a mentally ill man, which would devastate her mother, but as children will, she wants to reveal it in her own time and her own way, and savor it when it happens. When she cannot, when something inside tells her it is wrong, it is not totally unexpected, yet it is not completely supported by the story. Readers are told that Kitty has grown and has started to heal, but many readers won't be quite sure why or how. This is not one of Cleaver's strongest books in terms of plotting, but her determined main character does come to life. Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Public Library
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Book Description Dell Yearling, New York, 1989. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. No Jacket. First Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 581