Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Publication Date: 1994
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Chipped DJ
Edition: First edition.
signed 1st edition; dj creased on inside edge, small tear on front near bottom, covered with mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 2089
Synopsis: When ten-year-old Little Man meets his eccentric neighbor Lucy Johnson, he discovers how her sanctuary of junk sculpture and photographs of dead people is a place where the spirits of the dead can rest in peace.
From Kirkus Reviews: Little Man sees himself as ``an average black kid with a gap in his teeth,'' small for his age and plagued with difficulty understanding grownups. In truth he's lonely and fatherless, and the neighborhood where he and his mother have lived since she was laid off is what most people call a slum. But Little Man has explored it and knows almost everybody except old Mrs. Johnson, who has an altar of junk behind her run-down house; neighbors call it an ``eyesore,'' and her a ``witch.'' Still, on a dare, Little Man ventures into friendship with her; she turns out to be sharp and funny when she's not having one of her spells. Mrs. Johnson dubs Little Man ``one of God's chosen recyclers'' and gives him meals in return for help building a ``sanctuary'' for photos of good people that God has told her need protection. When Little Man learns that the neighbors plan to raze the sanctuary during a cleanup (they have hopes of the area being designated a historic district), he tries to warn Mrs. Johnson but finds her ill and strange. Soon after, she disappears (perhaps she's been taken away by relatives); the sanctuary is bulldozed, and Little Man is left with a few photos plus some memorable words concerning life's purpose. Original, dramatic, and genuinely touching, this first novel was inspired by a real event in Detroit. (Fiction. 9+) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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