Juvenile Jessie Haas Skipping School

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Phillip, having trouble coping with his father's imminent death, as well as his family's move from their farm to the suburbs, begins skipping school to find respite in an old, abandoned house.

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Haas's ( The Sixth Sense and Other Stories ; Keeping Barney ) ability to convey emotion through action and her eye for telling details give this heartfelt novel its subtle power. With his father ill with emphysema and his mother compulsively cleaning house and embroidering, there isn't much comfort in his new suburban home for Phillip, 15. He begins drifting out of school early every day and heading off to an abandoned farmhouse in the woods, where he chops firewood (a chore from bygone farming days) and cares for a pair of kittens that were slated for destruction. But with the school authorities on his trail and winter fast approaching, Phillip can't continue hiding from reality. During a lonely and frigid night at the farmhouse, he finally comes to terms with his father's mortality. And when he returns home transformed, the boy finds the love, understanding and hope that he thought had vanished. Spiked with equal parts of humor and pathos and rounded out with strong, well-fleshed characters and a splendidly evoked New England landscape, this is a book to savor. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Grade 7-10-- A sensitive story of grief and redemption. Teenager Phillip has moved with his family from their busy farm to a surburban development due to his father's emphysema. The boy cannot concentrate on school and cuts classes, wandering in the woods until he finds an abandoned cottage and two kittens. Watching them thrive in the cold convinces Phillip not to give up. Although there is a scene in which a school guidance counselor tries to help Phillip fight suicidal thoughts, the young man recovers by himself. The ending is especially uplifting. Book talk this one; it's sure to find an audience among thoughtful students. --Phyllis Zucker Singer, Beach Channel High School, Rockaway Park, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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