By Vivian Vande Velde
Fourteen-year-old Susan (or, as she prefers to be referred to as, Sybil) has been attempting to reinvent herself ever because the mysterious disappearance of her older sister, Alison. existence has been very complicated due to the fact Alison left. Susan’s mom has develop into overly protecting, frightened of wasting one other baby. Her new institution isn't really all undesirable, after all, however it is various and confusing. Her ally, Connie, has what can be a impressive thought — or perhaps it has the makings of a catastrophe: in the event that they subscribe to the college play, they could turn out with dates for the freshman dance. Readers will empathize with Susan’s try to make experience of her burdened global, the lack of her sister, a brand new tuition, turmoil at domestic, and the growing to be pains of youth. yet Susan, regardless of all, continues to be vivid, humorous, and self conscious with assistance from a brand new and intelligently supportive stepfather and a full of life staff of faculty associates. the tale is plausible and touching and special via the narrator’s voice.
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Miss LaMond was devastated that Alison ended up going to Abe Lincoln High. I was lucky enough never to get Miss LaMond: If Mom thinks Im a dummy compared to Alison, what would Alisons teacher think? She left the year after she had Alison in class; she got married to a guy whose company was transferring him to Colorado. But now its five years later and shes suddenly back, and shes Ms. LaMond, not Miss LaMond and not Mrs. Van Strydonk, and here she is at Mother of Sorrows, overseeing my study hall and asking me about Alison.
I guess I just look like stage crew. He continues, But I want everybody in the spirit of this. Just to give you a feel for what were doing. Yes, but He puts his arm around my shoulder. Were all one family herecast and crew. I want everybody to be happy. Id be happy if he wasnt making a spectacle of me. Alto or soprano? he asks again. . How should I know? I dont sing. What difference does it make if I dont sing in alto or if I dont sing in soprano? Page 47 In music class, Mrs. MacNeely recognizes this.
If she cant keep her grades up, we can always make her drop out. Then he adds, humor in his voice, Of the play, not school. Mom doesnt think its funny. Mom says, I dont like it, Page 36 Wally. What kind of supervision do you think therell be? . Always-calm Wally sounds exasperated. My God, he exclaims. What do you think can happen? You know very well, Mom says, what I think can happen. No, Wally insists. No, I dont. Then, nothing. I have to crack the door open just to make sure theyre still there.