Amy Schor Ferris A Greater Goode

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A Greater Goode

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Being a giving person at heart, Addie feels the need to help Rachel, a young girl pregnant by an abusive boyfriend, during her difficult days, but when Rachel reminds Addie too much of her own abandoning mother, Addie must put distance between them in order to help herself. A first book.

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Amy Schor Ferris, former film and TV writer/producer, lives in Pennsylvania and New York City with her husband Ken. A Greater Goode is her first book, but definitely not her last.

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Grades 5-7--When Addie Goode, 12, and her friend Luke encounter a pregnant young woman and her abusive boyfriend, she takes the stranger home without Luke knowing and lets her sleep in the unused barn. The deception and effort needed to hide the 24-year-old become too much, and Addie sends her on her way. "I think the other reason I wanted Rachel to leave-and maybe it was the truest-of all-was that she made me think about my mom-." Still, Addie worries about having let her go. Eventually, a diverse cast, including the adored and adoring housekeeper, Jessie, gets involved, and several characters come together to find Rachel. Addie's lawyer father has his first serious girlfriend since being abandoned by his wife when his daughter was a toddler. Luke's parents are separated but dating when his father suffers a heart attack; Jessie has had an affair with him. A retired attorney and his dying, hospitalized wife turn out to be Rachel's parents, whom she left when she was 17. Miss Sinclair, who is enlisted in the search, is irritated because her relationship with her female lover has ended. This imperfect community contributes to a "Greater Goode." Some of the goings-on seem improbable, and the first-person account in informal dialect is distracting. Whether young readers will identify with all the adult issues is questionable. They might, however, be attracted to the protagonist, who, despite her own struggles, has warm instincts and the persistence to save the day.
Adele Greenlee, Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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