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True (-- sort of)

by Hannigan, Katherine.

Format: Kindle Book 2011 2011
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Summary
For most of her eleven years, Delly has been in trouble without knowing why, until her little brother, RB, and a strange, silent new friend, Ferris, help her find a way to be good--and happy--again.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "As she did in Ida B, (2004), Hannigan looks at a child people consider troublesome and examines the events and emotions that make her change. Here, that child is 11-year-old Delly Pattison, who ditches class, ferociously fights, and hacks up spitballs as weapons. Delly's about to be kicked out of school, but lifelines come from unexpected sources. One is an odd newcomer, Ferris Boyd. She doesn't speak and goes wild if touched, yet somehow the girls allow each other into their worlds, and, by doing so, make those worlds kinder and better places to be. With her unique way of speaking (a Dellyictionary is appended) and her honest emotions, Delly can be quite touching. It's the story that falls apart at the end when, in hurried fashion, Ferris is revealed to be abused by her father. Was this really such a mysturiosity ? Even in Delly's one-horse town, teachers and social workers must be aware that silent, untouchable kids have problems. Logic disappears so Delly can be a heroine. Perhaps readers will be so taken with the intriguing characters they won't mind.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "A serious story about child abuse gets lost in Hannigan's (Ida B) overlong novel that too often crosses the line from quirky to twee. After a childhood clashing with her parents, school, and police for offenses ranging from self-harm to brownie theft, 11-year-old Delaware Pattison is one strike from being sent to some unspecified "away." The fifth of six children (all named after places), Delly, as she's known, needs more attention from her working parents. Instead she latches onto new girl Ferris, who has an androgynous appearance, does not speak, and cannot be touched. Despite these hurdles, Delly makes Ferris her project. Delly has an extensive vocabulary of made-up words like chizzle and hideawaysis (a three-page glossary is appended), which gives her a cartoonish quality that is an uneasy fit with the gravity of the underlying plot. Many questions are left unanswered: where is Ferris's mother? why do teachers accept that Ferris cannot talk or be touched without further inquiry? After a lengthy setup, the ending feels rushed, dulling the impact of its important message about speaking up when someone is in danger. Ages 8-12. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Selective mutism Fiction
Behavior Fiction
Friendship Fiction
Brothers and sisters Fiction
Family life Fiction
Schools Fiction
Self-control Fiction
Juvenile Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins2011
2011
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Audience Grades 3-7.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062077233
9780062077233
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