cover image Separations


Robert Lehrman, Author Viking Children's Books $13.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-670-81646-0

In the summer of her 16th year, Kim faces a move to Manhattan, the separation of her parents and her chance to compete for an Eastern States ranking in tennis. Kim idealizes her doctor father, a formidable tennis player himself, even though he left the family for a ``bimbo.'' Yet she can't help but sympathize with her mother, and the girl finds herself choosing sides--both sides. Kim has some growing up to do, and by the end of the summer, she has made important discoveries about herself and her parents. Competently told and highlighted with play-by-play tennis matches, Kim's tale covers no new ground in the category of divorce problem novels. Still, Lehrman's thorough approach to working through troubles may offer comfort and reassurance to readers. Ages 10-14. (Oct.)