Cheat the moon : a novel

by Hermes, Patricia.

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile j HER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  j HER
With her mother dead and her father an alcoholic who disappears for days at a time, Gabrielle must assume responsibility for her younger brother Will and herself, barely making ends meet and afraid to put her trust in anyone.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5^-8. Since her mother's death, 12-year-old Gabby has looked after both her younger brother, Will, and their alcoholic father. Will, seven years younger than Gabby, is withdrawn and quiet, only brightening up when their kind but ineffectual father is around. Too often, however, their father disappears for days, returning home sick from alcohol and full of remorse. Gabby is fully aware of her father's weaknesses and assumes responsibility for the family, following her mother's tradition of forgiving the drunken binges and seeing only the goodness in her father. When her father is killed in a mill accident, Gabby must learn to accept her loss and trust their new guardian, great-grandmother Clara. Although this is certainly a story of children at risk, Hermes' gentle tone and Gabby's distinctly childlike first-person narration provide some distance from the ugliness of living with an alcoholic, often absentee parent. The poignant, compassionate story will appeal to readers who enjoy a good cry. --Debbie Carton"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Brothers and sisters -- Fiction.
Fathers -- Fiction.
Alcoholism -- Fiction.
Poverty -- Fiction.
Death -- Fiction.
Publisher Boston :Little, Brown,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 167 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0316359297
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