Getting Even

Jukes, Mavis

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Synopsis: Finding herself the victim of an obnoxious classmate, ten-year-old Maggie receives conflicting advice from her crazy friend Iris and both of her parents, who are still at war two years after their divorce.

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Gr 5-7 Fifth - grader Maggie is being victimized by the class bully who takes advantage of the fact that he is class clean - up captain and the nephew of the school principal. Maggie's ``enfant terrible'' friend, Iris, pushes Maggie to get even. Reluctantly, Maggie adopts Iris' revenge plan, which backfires. But Iris goes even further, with the result that she and Maggie are suspended briefly from school. This development precipitates a catharsis between Maggie and her mother, whose resentment of Maggie's father's swinging life-after-divorce has been straining relations with her daughter. Jukes does a good job of dramatizing family relationships; by far, the best passages concern the mother-daughter interaction. But the school scenes are silly, superficial, and at times border on bad taste. The adults at school, with the exception of a sympathetic librarian, are portrayed one-dimensionally as overgrown fifth graders who at times behave in an unbelievably slapstick manner. Maggie has it out with her mother (believable) and maintains, against all reason, her friendship with Iris (unbelievable). If Maggie has gained some degree of maturity as a result of her trials, Iris has not. She remains an incorrigibly precocious, willful, and rude pre-adolescent. Both character and plot development are flawed, and the theme is overshadowed by the unrelentingly juvenile behavior of several key characters. Judy Blume's It's Not the End of the World (Bradbury, 1972) deals sensitively with family breakup, and Constance Greene's Your Old Pal Al (Viking, 1979) successfully combines humor with insight concerning the themes of peer and parent pressures. Tess McKellen, Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn

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Title: Getting Even
Publisher: Alfred E. Knopf
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