Mathew and Mathilda Green run away to San Francisco and take refuge in Golden Gate Park. But no one is safe in this haven for the homeless, because someone is murdering the people who call it home. And unknowingly, Mathew and Mathilda are being drawn into the world of the killer.
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Marilyn Sachs lives in San Francisco, California.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7-- Twins Mathew and Mathilda run away to their uncle's home in San Francisco after their parents tell them that they are divorcing and that the children will be separated. When they find that he is not home, they have no place to go but Golden Gate Park. There they encounter several homeless people, and are confronted with the mysterious murders of three people in the park. Mathew solves the crimes just before Mathilda is about to be poisoned. The conflict at the beginning of the story is realistic, but the plot drags when so many homeless characters are introduced, possibly because as minor characters they are not well developed. Mathew also undergoes an amazing change, from a nerd who never expresses his own opinion to an aggressive, outspoken person. The problems of the homeless (shelter from the cold, finding food in the garbage cans) do not seem to apply to Mathew and Mathilda, as readers know that living in the park is only a temporary situation for them. It also looks like the parents will reconsider their plans to divorce, which does not seem realistic. Plot implausibilities abound in this story that is written with less sensitivity about the homeless than Hahn's December Stillness (Clarion, 1988). --Bonnie L. Raasch, C. B. Vernon Middle School, Marion, IA
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525445714
Book Description Dutton Children's Books, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 525445714