You're Dead, David Borelli

Susan M. Brown, Author Atheneum Books $15 (155p) ISBN 978-0-689-31959-4
This riches-to-rags-to-riches saga chokes on cliches and contrivances. David Borelli, 13, grieves for his dead mother; his father, a corporate executive, isn't home much but has hired a warm and loving housekeeper to care for David. One night, police arrive to arrest Mr. Borelli for embezzling-but the crafty man has wordlessly left town, and his shocked son is ultimately placed in brusque Mrs. Kagan's foster care. There David meets the requisite group of tough kids with hearts of gold, redeems his feisty roommate Rags by diagnosing his illiteracy, and boosts his own self-esteem by becoming a star soccer player. Along the way David uncovers a vastly wealthy estranged grandfather in his family tree, then demonstrates his integrity in a thornily negotiated reconciliation. Treacly, and likely to interfere with readers' perceptions of real-life hardships. Ages 9-13. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1995
Release date: 05/01/1995
Show other formats
FORMATS
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.