Sunday, July 01, 2007

Watching Tree Limbs
Nine-year-old Mara loves playing Nancy Drew with her best friend Camilla. With an attic chock-full of treasures, including a telescope, and a whole summer ahead of them, they’re set to find the home of the mysterious and controversial radio disc jockey Denim. But then there are mysteries that Mara’s afraid to share: Who is her mother? Her father? And how can she stop the biggest criminal of all, General?

Caught in a maelstrom of lies and deceit, Mara carefully picks her way through the wreckage of her lost childhood, until the day something magical happens under the pecan tree.

Kacy's comments:
I love kids and wasn't sure I could handle a book about child abuse. Mara's story, however, is compelling and impossible to ignore. Mary E. DeMuth deftly balances this painful topic with loving--often humorous--descriptions of young Mara's determination to rebuild her shattered childhood in a small Texas town.
Mara is an admirable young heroine; you'll be thinking about her long after you turn that final page!
Thanks, Mary, for sharing this story.


Eliana Hephzibah said...

Thanks for the blurb about this one. I am putting it on my looooong list of need to reads.

Have you read any holocaust literature? There is a lot to be learned through suffering.

Eliana Hephzibah said...

Sweet! I just looked it up and they have it at our local public library. Its on my list!