Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sheinmel, Courtney. Edgewater.

Sheinmel, Courtney.  Edgewater.  Amulet see Harry Abrams  uncorrected proof    2015  317p.  $17.95  ISBN 978-1-4197-1641-6  hs  Conflict  E

Lorrie is dismissed from her elite riding camp for nonpayment of fees.  When she gets home to squalid Edgewater, she realizes that the money that was in a trust established by her mother has disappeared without a trace.  Her sister Susie, two years younger, collects stray animals and a questionable boyfriend.  Without supervision, the animals leave the house, looking and smelling atrocious.  The girls’ aunt and guardian suffers from mental illness and is not concerned about their destitution.  The house is an eyesore in a wealthy area, and Lorrie feels the stigma of living there.  As she struggles with finding a way to bring in money, including selling her beloved horse, she comes into contact with the wealthy and influential Copeland family, especially Charlie, the teenage son of a senator.  Worlds collide in most unexpected ways, and many surprises await the reader of this novel, with superbly drawn characters.  This is a wonderful book about family, love, secrets and the effects on a person of having lavish amounts of money.  The mystery of the missing inheritance builds continuously throughout the novel. 

How hard it is for Lorrie to reconcile her life, attending a posh private high school and summering at elite riding camps, with the rundown house in which she, her sister and her scatterbrained aunt live.  Character-driven plot with many surprises. Gr 8-12.          

Poverty-Fiction                                                   --Lois McNicol

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