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Jane's decision to sneak out of the house and go with Carey and his friends to the old amusement park leads to unexpected family problems as Jane soon learns that she has lost the trust of her beloved mother.
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Jean Thesman has written several award-winning novels for young adults, including:
The Rain Catchers -- ALA Best Book for Young Adults; School Library Journal Best Book of the Year; Booklist Editors' Choice; Golden Kite Award
Rachel Chance -- ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults
The Last April Dancers -- ALA Best Book for Young Adults; ALA Quick Pick; IRA Children's and YA Choice; American Bookseller Pick of the Lists
When the Road Ends -- ALA Notable Book; ALA Best Book for Young Adults
and, most recently,
The Other Ones -- an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a barnesandnoble.com Top Ten Teen Novel of 1999, an International Honor Book of the Society of School Librarians
Viking will be publishing her In the House of the Queen's Beasts in Summer 2001.
Jean Thesman lives in Washington State, the setting for almost all of her books.
copyright © 2000 Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.From Publishers Weekly:
Thesman's (The Ornament Tree; Where the Road Ends) latest novel explores the delicate balance between family duty and self-preservation. Jane Douglas, 15, and her mother, Abby, have traveled from Seattle to Abby's bleak Puget Sound hometown to put Jane's grandmother's estate in order. There they are joined by their manipulative and unpleasant California relatives: Jane's shrill Aunt Norma and her daughter, Ricki. With her caked-on make-up, short skirts and frank nastiness ("I don't like competition. In fact, I don't like girls very much"), Ricki is an unappetizing companion. Yet Ricki's brand of self-centered daring liberates the typically obedient Jane, who joins her cousin in forbidden nighttime forays to a seedy local amusement park. There?in a turn of events sure to appeal to die-hard romantics?Jane meets Carey, a good-looking boy she has seen around town. In the days and nights that follow, Jane and Carey's secret romance provides a gentle counterpoint to the escalating hostilities between Jane's mother and aunt. When Norma and Ricki's selfish behavior threatens Abby's health and sanity, it is Jane's new-found independence that saves the day. The protagonist's emerging strength compensates for Thesman's occasionally trite prose (e.g., "Anger engulfed me again, and I couldn't speak") and villainesses who?though delightfully despicable?are cartoonishly characterized (Ricki has body odor so pungent that Jane moves out of their shared room). A breezy summer fling. Ages 10-up.
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0670879592
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