A teenager reveals her thoughts and feelings
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(210mm x 128mm x 6mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
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US Kirkus Review »
It seems that Kate Bloomfield (Kate, 1971) has written a collection of personal poems and stories - somewhat to author Little's surprise as expressed in a charmingly ingenuous introduction that explains that Kate has always led an independent, unpredictable life. Readers of Little's autobiography (Little by Little, 1988) will observe that Kate has a lot in common with her: she's a sharp, compassionate observer, honest about the ups and downs of her relationships with family and friends, who cares passionately but tactfully about matters as diverse as the abridgment of Heidi ("People who read condensed versions. . .are like people who read a road map - and think they've been on a journey") and the nature of God. Ever looking for the illuminating image, she thinks of herself as a jigsaw puzzle she's putting together, always finding new pieces, hoping never to be confined by the edges. There are 47 of these brief pieces, each story half poetry, each "poem" a little prosaic, together presenting a compelling portrait of Kate - a nice early teen-ager with intelligence and a wide-ranging curiosity that seems to be in no danger of confinement. Truesdell's b&w illustrations brighten the format, extend the humor, and contribute nicely to the sense of place. (Kirkus Reviews)
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