Letters in the Attic

Letters in the Attic

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By (author) Bonnie Shimko

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  • Publisher: Academy Chicago Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 196 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 15mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 21 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0897335635
  • ISBN 13: 9780897335638
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 670,668

Product description

Lizzy McMann is a feisty twelveyearold who lives with her mother and Manny, her father (she thinks), in a fleabag hotel. One night, Manny's sudden announcement that he wants a divorce causes mother and daughter to move to upstate New York to live with Lizzy's grandmother-a mixed blessing. At school, Lizzy befriends, then falls in love with, Eva Singer, who is dyslexic, looks like Natalie Wood and lives right down the street. Like all girls her age, Lizzy has to deal with her first period, her first bra and her first boyfriend. But what scares her most is her love for Eva. She is also concerned with getting a new husband for Mama-especially after reading Mama's letters in the attic. Then Eva gets a boyfriend and Mama's life enters what seems to be a new crisis. How Lizzy comes to grips with life's strange twists and turns makes for fascinating reading.

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Author information

Bonnie Shimko is a former teacher and the author of several novels, including "The Private Thoughts of Amelia E. Rye," a 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and "Letters in the Attic," winner of the Lambda Literary Award. She lives in Plattsburgh, New York.

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By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2010 5

I really enjoyed reading LETTERS IN THE ATTIC, set in the early sixties.

Lizzy, the heroine, lives with her mom and dad in a Phoenix hotel. Her father comes in, a real sleezeball, and with his new girlfriend in tow, proceeds to tell her mother that he is divorcing her. He even has the gall to ask Vonnie, her mother, to apologize to his girlfriend because she isn't being nice.

Well, with no place to go home to, they head to upstate New York to Vonnie's parents' house. Lizzy meets her grandparents for the first time. Her grandfather is great, but her grandmother is verbally abusive.

There, Lizzy learns a lot about her mother's past through letters that are in the attic. She examines her sexuality and helps her mother to become the person that she is meant to be.

While reading this book I laughed, cried, and was hopeful for the characters. I really liked Lizzy and her family.

Review quote

"Three cheers for Bonnie Shimko, whose masterful, insightful storytelling sweeps us from page to page on an emotional adventure through adolescence that is engaging, sasltisfying and ultimately inpsiring."- Eric Marcus, co-author of "Breaking the Surface" and author of "What If Someone I Know Is Gay?"