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Getting on with it

Author: Jan Slepian
Publisher: New York : Four Winds Press, ©1985.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fourteen-year-old resents her exile to her grandmother's for the summer while her parents arrange their divorce, but her friendship with a neighbor and the secret they uncover help her come to terms with her changing life.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Slepian
ISBN: 0027829308 9780027829303
OCLC Number: 12053260
Description: 171 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Jan Slepian.

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A fourteen-year-old resents her exile to her grandmother's for the summer while her parents arrange their divorce, but her friendship with a neighbor and the secret they uncover help her come to terms with her changing life.

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by ll2 (WorldCat user on 2007-06-09)

School Library Journal Gr 5-8 Slepian again gives readers a character with a problem, although not a permanent physical or mental disability as in her effective The Alfred Summer (Macmillan, 1980). Beryl is suffering imminent-divorce symptoms and is spending the summer with her grandmother on Lake Erie while her parents divide their lives. Each person, each episode, seems designed to show Berry that life continues, despite the traumas it inflicts or one's attempts to change its course. Yet characterizations are indecisive, scenes not sharply focused; there is neither intense drama nor a compelling message. When a vivacious summer renter seems attracted to Sonny, the adopted son of next-door neighbors, Berry senses Romance abloom and wishes on a special pebble to help things along. Instead, she importunely embarrasses everyone. She discovers all romances are not love, and that true love may choose unlikely partners. Berry renounces wishful dreaming and throws away her lucky pebble. But, in keeping with the story's ambiguity, the pebble drops straight into a mermaid's mouth. While Getting on with It does not address problems resolutely, it still gives palpable glimpses of people trying to solve their problems in their own fashions. A novel with good intentions that are not quite realized. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School Library, Harrison, Tenn. Copyright 1985 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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