Between Two Worlds

Sarah Sargent, Author, Judy Levin, Editor Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $14.95 (128p) ISBN 978-0-395-66425-4
When her parents move the family from their modest urban home to an expensive showpiece in a wealthy suburb, Jan is all set to spend the summer hating her new surroundings. Worse yet, Jan discovers that her father has recently broken off an affair with a co-worker; later, her grandmother suffers a major stroke. Driven by anxiety, Jan becomes increasingly absorbed in her beloved soap opera, Life Begins Again. She also begins to believe that a new dress or the homey furniture she sees for sale in the mall can help her mend what she perceives as her broken family. In a hackneyed plot device, the unhappy girl entertains Walter Mitty-ish fantasies involving the characters in Life Begins Again. The sharpest moments here send up soap-opera-speak (``If anyone can pull through this, Tricia can.... Hold on to that'') and soap opera plotting, but it's questionable whether the target audience is sufficiently familiar with--and critical of--daytime suds as to appreciate Sargent's satire. Ages 9-12. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.