This specific ISBN edition is currently not available.View all copies of this ISBN edition:
The Nevilles are the perfect family - Dad runs a floor cleaning business and Mum takes care of the girls, Sarah and Carlie. It might seem that the only tension comes from Carlie sneaking out at night to see Jesse, the boy who lives and works at a nearby petrol station. But something is wrong with this seemingly perfect family and, no matter how careful Sarah and Carlie are, they never know what might set their mother off. They never know if they'll get dinner, or be able to take a bath, or talk to a new friend on the phone. And they are not sure if their hard-working dad even knows what is going on. The only question is how long they can last like this before someone snaps.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Patricia McCord lives in Tuscon, Arizona in the USA. She is the author of several books for young readers and this is her first book to be published in the UK.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7-10-A compelling novel set in 1950s Seattle. Twelve-year-old Sarah and her older sister, Carlie, know that their lives are different from those of their peers. When at home, unless summoned by their mother, they are supposed to stay in their attic bedroom. Common activities such as eating or using the bathroom are forbidden without her approval. Noise of any kind is frowned upon because that might disturb their mother and one never knows what will happen when she is unhappy. Everything comes to a head when Carlie is caught and beaten for trying on one of her mother's dresses. Running away from home is her solution, but Sarah becomes bold enough to tell their workaholic father the dark secret about their mother. McCord has written a taut, powerful story about family dynamics when one parent is suffering from a mental illness and the other fails to recognize the problem. The bond between the sisters grows and is strengthened through adversity. Though there is no pat resolution, the book has a strong message of hope, love, and forgiveness.
Sharon Morrison, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. All items inspected and guaranteed. All Orders Dispatched from the UK within one working day. Established business with excellent service record. Seller Inventory # mon0000103862
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. No.1 BESTSELLERS - great prices, friendly customer service â€" all orders are dispatched next working day. Seller Inventory # mon0000366393
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing. Condition: New. pp. 288. Seller Inventory # 57095276
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0747575525
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110747575525
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STRM-0747575525
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 0747575525n