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Turn the Cup Around

Mariconda, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 0440413117 / ISBN 13: 9780440413110
Published by Yearling, 1998
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Title: Turn the Cup Around

Publisher: Yearling

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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It's summertime in Maine, and 12-year-old Evie is ready to spend her vacation combing the seashore with her younger brothers at their grandmother's bed-and-breakfast. But instead, Evie discovers a secret cave along the rocky coast...and a mysterious wall, where paintings appear and vanish without warning. Uncovering the cave's mystery brings other memories to the surface: memories of her deceased mother and absent father--memories Evie has tried to suppress. A moving, evocative mystery, depicting a slice of life with vitality and warmth.

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Grade 5-8. This novel of a young girl's efforts to sort out her tangled family history falls flat. Beautiful (if lengthy) descriptions of coastal Maine, where Evie and her two brothers live with their grandmother in her bed-and-breakfast, set the scene, and plenty of potentially interesting characters are introduced. The adoption of a stray cat, mysterious paintings that appear in a hidden cave, a reluctant friendship with a summer visitor, the accidental death of a demented artist, a recurring nightmare, and the discovery that her absent father suffers from severe alcoholism and mental illness are jumbled together into Evie's eventful 12th summer. Unfortunately, the disparate elements of the story never quite gel. Secondary characters are poorly developed and exist either as stock figures (the whiny younger siblings; the attractive, avant-garde art teacher) or as plot devices (the homeless "madman" whose plight gives Evie the impetus to confront her own mentally ill father). This is particularly damaging because the plot itself is somewhat fragmented and thus lacks the strength to carry the book. Although the message that we can shape our lives by changing our perceptions as well as our actions is intriguing, it's unlikely that many readers will have a chance to ponder it. The uneasy melding of mystery story and problem novel is unlikely to satisfy fans of either genre. Despite these criticisms, however, Mariconda's attempt to combine ideas about art, magic, perception, and self-discovery shows her promise as an author of thought-provoking books for young people.?Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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