Risk and Roses

Jan Slepian

Published by Philomel, 1990
ISBN 10: 0399222197 / ISBN 13: 9780399222191
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Synopsis: In 1948, newly-moved to the Bronx, eleven-year-old Skip longs to shed her responsibility for her mentally handicapped older sister and give her whole attention to her new friendship with the bold and daring girl who sems to run the neighborhood.

From School Library Journal: Grade 5-7-- Skip, 11, craves acceptance in her new big city neighborhood. She is beside herself with joy when Jean Persico, the undisputed ringleader, allows her to be a part of her gang. The girls form a secret club, but each must meet a challenge designed by Jean to secure membership. Her dares seem custom designed to prey on the girls' weaknesses. She also enjoys tormenting old Mr. Kaminsky, who has befriended Skip's retarded sister, Angela, but who has no use for Jean. In a final cruel twist, Jean slyly entices Angela into cutting the blooms from all of Kaminsky's prize roses. As the story draws rapidly to its conclusion, Skip ceases to be mesmerized by Jean and decides to go her own way. Although perceptive readers will quickly see where this story is leading, the plot and characterizations are strong. Skip and her beautiful but painfully slow sister, Angela, are clearly drawn, believable figures, and Jean is the kind of child who, through strong will and determination, draws others to her and uses them. Kaminsky is sympathetically portrayed and is the most likable adult figure in the novel. Skip's hard-working, long-suffering father and the overprotective, high-strung mother are realistically drawn. The themes here are serious, but their presentation is never heavy-handed. There is pain here, but there is also hope. Readers will see something of themselves in Skip, and perhaps in Jean, and should come away from this story with much food for thought. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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Title: Risk and Roses
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 1990
Binding: Hardcover
Book Condition: Good
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