Sunday, January 9, 2011

Letter To My Daughter

Bishop, George. Letter To My Daughter
Ballantine see Random 2010 148p 20.00
978-0-345-51598-8 hs Realistic Fiction VG-BN
In a series of letters to her run-away daughter, a mother recounts the story of her troubled youth during the Vietnam era.
This first-person story pulls in the reader with its strong characterizations and description of the emotional highs and lows of adolescence, as a child of the seventies recounts her first love and its complications. The narration is straightforward and accessible, and the pain of Laura’s isolation and romanticism is beautifully conveyed. This one will appeal to the Nicholas Sparks set. Its evocation of the seventies and the sexual revolution rings true, addressing race relations, class distinctions, parent-child relationships, and authoritarianism along the way.
Highly recommended for 8th through 12th grade girls Kennedy, Carol

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