Next Thing to Strangers

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9780688106942: Next Thing to Strangers

While visiting their grandparents at a trailer park in Arizona, a diabetic boy and an overweight girl become friends and learn a lesson about self-acceptance.

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Grade 6-9-- The grandparents 14-year-old Cass hasn't heard from in 11 years have sent for her to join them for Christmas vacation. In a nearby trailer is Jordy, a punk-looking almost 14 year old, also visiting grandparents, and equally desperate for the companionship of someone under 50. In a world of retirement trailers where kids are definitely unwelcome, these two misfits are drawn together and become friends. Slightly pudgy Cass feels she's been dumped there because her mother wants time with her latest boyfriend. Pegged as a troublemaker, Jordy wonders if this trip is a treat or a ploy to get rid of him. His insulin shots for diabetes leave Cass wondering if he's on drugs, but these two prickly strangers gradually uncover some trust and a little confidence in their own worth. Sinykin ably handles the complexity of her characters in a plot that focuses on the pair's reactions to all the rules regarding young visitors. The adults are realistically stuck in their own perspectives, incapable of seeing Jordy and Cass's feelings, and yet hoarding their own secrets to protect the "children." The story is told by alternating Cass and Jordy's narratives. Each can see the other's immaturity, yet finds value and support. This is about true-to-life kids, with faults and hurts. While lacking the punch of Brock Cole's The Goats (Farrar, 1987), Sinykin offers the same premise that in friendship adolescents can find support in coping with a world that is neither fair nor easy. --Carol A. Edwards, Buckham Memorial Library, Faribault, MN
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When Cass, 14, arrives to spend Christmas vacation with the grandparents she hasn't seen or heard from since her dad's funeral 11 years ago, she's taken aback to find that Grandfather is reserved, even taciturn, while Grandma, apparently unwell, is equally uncommunicative. Moreover, their Arizona trailer park doesn't welcome kids, and Cass learns something her grandparents don't know: the rules state that she must leave by New Year's, though her ticket home is a week later. Meanwhile, Cass and Jordy, another 14-year-old visitor to the camp, have struck up an uneasy friendship despite their prickly sensitivities: Jordy, who is brooding over his parents' recent divorce, also has trouble dealing with his diabetes; Cass, whose immature mom is enjoying the holidays with ``her latest jock-boyfriend,'' is embarrassed by being overweight. Jordy, already an experienced activist, solves the eviction threat with a petition and some well-timed publicity; then, in a well-orchestrated climax, Cass saves his life when he has a diabetic attack on a hike, leading to healthier self-acceptance on both sides and some touching revelations about Cass's grandparents, who have always cared for her more than they were able to show. Sinykin's writing isn't seamless, but she captures--with painful accuracy--a teen's touchy blend of protective defiance and vulnerable competence while presenting two likable young people getting to know themselves and each other in an unusual context. (Fiction. 10-14) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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