Letters in the Attic

Letters in the Attic

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Lizzy McCann is a feisty 12 year old who lives with her mother and father in a fleabag hotel. A divorce leads to mother and daughter moving to upstate New York where living with her grandmother is a mixed blessing . This young girl's coming of age in the 1960s is notable for its sharp and quick-witted tone. It is brisk and good-natured and demonstrates how to survive loss, puberty and first love, all with a powerful and lively story.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 140.97 x 216.92 x 12.45mm | 213.19g
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0897335635
  • 9780897335638
  • 1,161,199

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Review quote

"This well-written book has an engaging, realistic plot. Readers can identify with Shimko's characters, and her vivid descriptions create clear pictures." "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?" "Lizzie is a charming narrator, a seventh grader hovering between naivete and experience. She notices everything ... there are enough surprizes in this appealing story to keep things interesting."
- "Publishers Weekly" "Winning debut describes a young girl coming of age during the 1960s. ... [An] amusing tale notable for its sharp and quick-witted tone. Brisk, fun, and good-natured."
- "Kirkus Reviews"
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About Bonnie Shimko

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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Rating details

152 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 24% (37)
4 32% (49)
3 28% (43)
2 11% (17)
1 4% (6)

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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.show more
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