Carol Lynch Williams Kelly and Me

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Kelly and Me

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Eleven-year-old Leah has a summer of outrageous adventures in her small Florida community, shared with her free-thinking grandfather and her younger sister Kelly, until an unexpected loss changes their lives

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Daddy was furious with me. He said an eleven-year-old girl had no business even knowing how to put a car in revise, and absolutely no reason under the sun to know how to drive a twenty-four-year-old Cadillac. l kept my mouth closed tight about how Papa had been teaching me to drive for nearly three years on our half-acre lot, and that Kelly, was getting pretty good at driving too.

Leah Orton is having the summer of her life in her hot, sleepy central Florida town. She gets into outrageous adventures at every turn, dragging her ten-year-old sister, Kelly, with her. Leah has some help from Papa, her grandfather, who is supposed to be watching the two girls. Papa doesn't mind letting Leah and Kelly stay up late or take the car out for a short spin. But the fun is over as summer draws to a close and tragedy changes the Orton family's life forever.

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Leah, 11, recounts a summer of outrageous escapades with her sister/best friend Kelly, 10, and ``Papa,'' their recently widowed grandfather. From the first scene, when Papa escapes from a locked bedroom (Leah's parents were desperate to keep him sober) by climbing down knotted designer sheets, Williams's broadly comic tone is deepened with a tough reality. Papa vaguely meanders his car into a minor accident en route to the nearby Florida beach; when he's arrested and flees the scene, it's Leah who drives the car (as he's taught her) and overtakes him. The girls conceal his dog's death to protect him, but Papa's distress at its absence comes to an absurd end when he learns they've buried it by the family well. And Papa's childishly overzealous teasing--he's pretending, all too realistically, to be a werewolf--is nearly recast in horror when a young cousin finds a loaded gun. As it can in real life, a tragedy in the last pages comes as a total shock. With subtler character development, an experienced writer might have made a closer link between the response to this death and what precedes it (cf. Sarah Ellis's A Family Project, 1986, or Peter Hartling's Old John, 1990); still, though the mood change is jolting, Williams deals believably with the bereaved family's healing. A capable first novel that views both boisterous comedy and wrenching loss with a perceptive eye. (Fiction. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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