Judith Clarke Wolf on the Fold

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Wolf on the Fold

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In 1935 Kenny is fourteen. It's the Great Depression and he's off to find work. If he doesn't find a job they might split up the family and send his sister away. In 1959 Kenny's daughter Frances is seven. She stays awake at night praying to keep everyone she knows safe. And, then in 1991 she's living in Jerusalem, on her own, with a jewish child, in the middle of the Gulf War. In 1975 Kanti and Raj live in the same street as Kenny's family. Raj is always fighting. Their neighbours say that the curry he eats that heats his blood. But they don't know anything. They don't know about where Kanti and Raj came from, why they are living above a milkbar when they used to have a big house with a verandah, or about the little sister who used to wear red ribbons in her hair. Life is never what you expect, and nor is this collection of sensitive stories about generation gaps, persecution and new beginnings.

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Judith Clarke was born in Sydney and educated at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University in Canberra. She has worked as a teacher and librarian and in adult education in Victoria and NSW. She now lives in Melbourne with her husband and has one grown-up son. Judith's novels include the award-winning Friend of My Heart and Night Train and the popular Al Capsella series. Her books have been published in the US and Europe to high acclaim.

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Grade 10 Up-In this novel, six loosely connected short stories that may be read independently follow four Australian generations through their few ups and many downs. The first story takes place during the Great Depression, when 14-year-old Kenny's father has died and the teen drops out of school to support his family. The fifth is set in 1991, in war-stressed Israel. These events give the collection an overall historical perspective. Kenny's two daughters, who are introduced at their dying father's bedside, thread in and out of the stories. Readers meet them again as teens, and then follow them into their separate middle-aged lives. The final selection is a reflection on the present; Kenny's great-grandson is trying to fend off the emotional fallout from his parents' shouting sprees. From Kenny's hard-luck times of surviving the Depression, to his great-grandson's plugging his ears against the reality of a contemporary "happy home," this family's cycle tracks a jagged path of irony. All of these stories carry strong themes of youth facing the misfortunes of adult reality-poverty, death, emigration, divorce, senility, psychosis, war, peer cruelty. Clarke's writing is strong and competent; her subject matter is haunting and evocative, but the book is missing an overall teen voice/perspective/narrative and is not likely to appeal to a YA audience. It's a sad family recollection, tuned toward an adult ear.
Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY
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