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What Momma Left Me
by Renee Watson


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How is it that unsavory raw ingredients come together to form a delicious cake? What is it about life that when you take all the hard stuff and rough stuff and add in a lot of love, you still just might have a wonderful life? For Serenity, these questions rise up early when her father kills her mother, and leaves her and her brother Danny to live with their kind but strict grandparents.  Read more...


 
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Overview

How is it that unsavory raw ingredients come together to form a delicious cake? What is it about life that when you take all the hard stuff and rough stuff and add in a lot of love, you still just might have a wonderful life? For Serenity, these questions rise up early when her father kills her mother, and leaves her and her brother Danny to live with their kind but strict grandparents. Despite the difficulties of a new school, a new church, and a new neighborhood, Serenity gains strength from the family around her, the new friends she finds, and her own careful optimism. Debut author Renee Watson's talent shines in this powerful and ultimately uplifting novel."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781599904467
  • ISBN-10: 1599904462
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: July 2010
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.64 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Violence
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Death & Dying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Multigenerational

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-06-28
  • Reviewer: Staff

Watson's first novel (after the picture book A Place Where Hurricanes Happen) explores themes of abuse, faith, and identity in an urban setting through the voice, diary entries, and poems of 13-year-old Serenity Evans. Serenity and her younger brother, Danny, move in with their grandparents in Portland, Ore., after their mother dies and their drug dealer father skips town. "Momma is a song that I can't forget," Serenity thinks. "Her melody comes to mind and I realize that traces of her song are still here." She immediately connects with Maria, who attends her new school and church ("She knows that there are some types of sadness that can't be explained"), but Serenity is not immediately ready to open up about the loss of her mother, and Danny starts running with a dangerous crowd. Serenity's struggles and insights, as she wrestles with her parents' legacy and an uncertain future, are inspiring, authentic, and told in a straightforward yet poetic style. The first-person narration is consistent, and the mystery of the painful circumstances of her mother's death--as well as additional tragedies--propels the story. Ages 10–14. (July)

 
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