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Thirteen-year-old Mac Whitford is caught between her divorcing parents, their lawyers, and friends. With the help of two re-markable new friends, she takes charge in quite a surprising way.
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Thirteen-year-old Margaret "Mac" Whitford's life is spinning out of control. Her parents are getting divorced, and Mac is caught in the middle of their bitter custody battle. Mac feels like the trophy in a championship prizefight. Her mother and father are so busy talking to judges and lawyers and therapists, they forget about the one person who really matters--Mac.
Enter Henrietta Porter LePage Middleton, Mac's seventy-something court-appointed guardian. Henrietta wears a red beret and rides a double bicycle in the wrong direction down one-way streets. Henrietta works at the museum and enjoys art and books and music. When Mac's with Henrietta, she feels like her old self again. And with Henrietta in her corner, Mac knows she'll find the courage to stand up for herself and fight for what's right--for everyone.
First-time novelist Robinson puts her experience as a Charleston Family Court attorney to good use in this wryly humorous yet emotion-packed story about a 13-year-old girl at the center of a bitter custody dispute. Margaret "Mac" Whitford doesn't understand why her self-absorbed parents are divorcing when they still love each other. However, Hal, a lawyer, and Mollie, a status-conscious "whole environment designer" (someone who turns "a perfectly ordinary person with ordinary-to-tacky taste... into a 'total design statement' ") aren't consulting Mac about their relationship or anything else, for that matter. Neither asks her about which parent she wants to live with, or stops to think that she might mind have her psychiatrist's notes entered into evidence. But Mac gets an unlikely champion in the person of court-appointed guardian Henrietta, an aged and eccentric Old Charlestonian, who in turn enlists the help of equally eccentric lawyer Drayton Guerard. Although Henrietta dies and divorce proceedings continue, Guerard's crafty maneuverings enable Mac to make a stand for herself. Gritty, thought-provoking and highly entertaining, this accomplished novel will gladden any reader who has been buffeted by familial upheaval. Ages 10-14.
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