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The Perfect Place
by Teresa E. Harris


Overview - Treasure s dad has disappeared and her mom sets out to track him down, leaving twelve-year-old Treasure and her little sister, Tiffany, in small-town Virginia with their eccentric, dictatorial Great-Aunt Grace. GAG (as the girls refer to her) is a terrible cook, she sets off Treasure s asthma with her cat and her chain smoking, and her neighbors suspect herin therecent jewel thefts.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Treasure s dad has disappeared and her mom sets out to track him down, leaving twelve-year-old Treasure and her little sister, Tiffany, in small-town Virginia with their eccentric, dictatorial Great-Aunt Grace. GAG (as the girls refer to her) is a terrible cook, she sets off Treasure s asthma with her cat and her chain smoking, and her neighbors suspect herin therecent jewel thefts. As the hope of finding their dad fades, the girls and their great-aunt begin to understand and accommodate one another. When a final dash to their dad s last known address proves unsuccessful, Treasure has to accept that he s gone for good. When she goes backto Great-Aunt Grace s, itisthe first time shehas returned to a place instead of just moving on. Convincing, fully realized characters, a snarky narrative voice, and laugh-aloud funny dialogue make The Perfect Place a standout among stories of adjustment and reconfigured families."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780547255194
  • ISBN-10: 0547255195
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 263
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-06
  • Reviewer: Staff

Twelve-year-old Treasure is sure that there’s a “perfect place” out there, somewhere her family can be happy—and together. She’s equally confident that it won’t be anything like Black Lake, the small Virginia town where her Great-Aunt Grace lives, and where her mother has left Treasure and her younger sister after the girls’ father took off. Great-Aunt Grace (aka “Gag”) is described as both a “mountain” and a “storm”: she’s a stubborn country woman, and no fan of Treasure’s “no-’count” father or of spoiled children. Treasure’s dream of being reunited with her father begins to fade as Terrance, an equally smart and out-of-place new arrival in town, tests her resolve not to make friends, and Great-Aunt Grace turns detective in response to a rash of thefts. Harris (Summer Jackson: Grown Up) makes the “tough old bird with a tender heart” character fresh: Great-Aunt Grace may not be educated, but she’s canny and kind in her own gruff way. Black Lake and its close-knit African-American community, as seen through Treasure’s eyes, come through strongly. Ages 10–up. Agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary Agency. (Nov.)

 
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