cover image Cousin Markie and Other Disasters

Cousin Markie and Other Disasters

Christel Kleitsch. Dutton Books, $13 (96pp) ISBN 978-0-525-44891-4

When Ben learns that cousin Markie is visiting for the weekend, he is less than thrilled. His disappointed mother urges her son to ``Give him a chance. Remember--you're not perfect either.'' By the end of the fateful weekend, Ben has discovered a little about himself and a lot about his cousin. Kleitsch's lively, authentic dialogue imbues her characters with sincerity and keen imagination. Any reader who has a ``cousin Markie'' will recognize the truths of this sportive, quick-paced tale. The story will affirm readers' own experiences and may well enable them to be a bit more understanding the next time their own ``cousin Markie'' comes to visit. Ages 7-9. (June)