Glennis, Before and After
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Titel: Glennis, Before and After
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Glennis just wants things to be the way they were. This means that Dad would be proven innocent and be out of prison; Mom would recover from her nervous breakdown. And the whole family -- Vinnie, Louise, Allie and Missy, and Glennis -- would be together again, living in a big house with a huge backyard and having family picnics complete with badminton nets and hoops for croquet.
As the family has dissolved, Glennis has chosen to live with eccentric Aunt Wanda, who cooks only meals that come out of boxes, and wears rhinestone shirts and cowboy boots. When Wanda is at work, Glennis has no one but Skipper, Aunt Wanda's only son, to keep her company. But living with both of them has allowed Glennis to visit Dad every weekend at the correctional facility, where she is sure he'll ask her to help prove his innocence. Quite the opposite happens and Glennis is left wondering: If her life before is gone forever, then where does she stand now?
Patricia Calvert writes with power and grace in a novel that probes the intricacies of family relationships and the many prisons that we construct for ourselves.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-8?Glennis and her four siblings are farmed out to relatives and friends when their father is sent to prison for a white-collar crime and their mother has a nervous breakdown. Glennis chooses to stay with Aunt Wanda and cousin Skipper despite the comedown in economic status because here she can visit Dad on Saturdays, help him prove his innocence, and get set for a new trial. Similar to Marcia Byalick's It's a Matter of Trust (Harcourt, 1995), Calvert focuses on Glennis's coming to terms with the guilt of a beloved parent. Unfortunately, the mental adjustment mostly takes place outside the story and readers have little preparation for the girl's acceptance of herself and her father. The story has some nice writing and wonderful images ("my Humpty Dumpty family"), and Glennis is a strong female character with guts and ideas. However, Byalick does a better job of showing the interaction within a family torn from idyllic perfection, and Barthe DeClements's Breaking Out (Dell, 1993), Monkey See, Monkey Do (1990; o.p.), and Five-Finger Discount (1989; o.p., both Delacorte) show the humiliation and embarrassment among peers, which never really comes up here. Most far-fetched is Glennis's move from being the ignored middle child to a leader of her far-flung family, and her new family. However, those are nitpicky points in an engaging novel about a child caught in a tough situation.?Carol A. Edwards, Minneapolis Public Library
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