Lies and manipulation are the only methods Copper knows for handling with her unstable family life. She is sent to live with her Aunt Dorothy when her parents aren't around to care for her, but Dorothy's rule is rigid and Copper is sent to another aunt. Her next home seems to have potential and Copper is deeply hurt when she has to leave there, too. Feeling unwanted and alone, she angrily resists her next and final placement with mysterious Aunt Maggie. Copper explores her new world cautiously, protecting herself, yet hoping to find a real home. But this is an unusual placeMaggie is a witch. DeClements carefully blends the supernatural with everyday life; Maggie's witchcraft is more philosophical than supernatural,and teaches Copper that there are other ways to cope. The portrayals of family situations are humorous. Copper is a fully realized character; tough, but bright and perceptive, she will win sympathy and admiration from readers. Ages 10-14. (December)
Reviewed on: 11/02/1987 Release date: 11/01/1987 Genre: Children's
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