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The Placing

Dracup, Angela

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ISBN 10: 0575048905 / ISBN 13: 9780575048904
Published by Trafalgar Square Books (J)
Condition: Like New Hardcover
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Hardcover w / dustjacket. First edition copy. Like new; no internal markings; has only lost its Brand New shine. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. DJ is Like New. First Edition published in London by Victor Gollancz Ltd. Stored in sealed plastic protection. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1991 Hardcover w / dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 138811

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Title: The Placing

Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books (J)

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Like New

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Ten-year-old Jonny Hardcastle, who is more parent than child to his incompetent mother, is placed in foster care after stabbing his mother's lover

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Grade 8 Up-- Jonny Hardcastle is used to a cold house, little food, and even less money. His mother is always sad, sleepy, or disengaged, so that Jonny has become more parent than child, loving her intensely and missing school to look after her. On his tenth birthday, he plunges a knife into the back of her lover and is changed forever. Welfare officials put the boy in a delinquent's facility when his mother is unable to put the man out of the house. Jonny's inability to read, a bitter mismatch with a foster family, and his mother's pregnancy devastate him. Just when the situation seems impossible, a new foster mother is suggested: artistic, unconventional, indefatigable Lottie. A wonderfully structured first-person narration swiftly sweeps readers into Jonny's personna, where they experience firsthand the effects of passive child abuse. The characterization is so full and strong that readers will excuse, on some level, each and every adult who lets Jonny down. They may not agree, but they will regretfully and painfully understand, and accept that people disappoint and life is flawed. They will also see that with courage and forgiveness they can make it shine. A powerful novel for introspective readers.
- Cindy Darling Codell, Belmont Junior High School, Winchester, KY
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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