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Kat's surrender
Golding, Theresa Martin.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
179 pages ; 22 cm
When Kat's best friend is hit by a car, she is torn between loyalty to her friend and sympathy for the perpetrator, who suffers from a mental illness.
Reading Level:
750 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.9 6.0 31634.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.1 11 Quiz: 23632 Guided reading level: NR.
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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Since her mother's death, 13-year-old Kat has been at loose ends: she misses her mother terribly, her grades have dropped, and the sports she used to enjoy now seem trivial. She wishes she could look to her father for comfort, but he's grieving, too; and his natural reserve keeps her at arm's length. Only her friendships with the "the General," a lonely, old man who suffers from dementia, and Maggie, her wacky best friend, seem to matter any more. Maggie, who is injured in a hit-and-run accident, is convinced that a mysterious, reclusive neighbor, Mrs. Twitchell, has put a curse on her. Kat finds that hard to believe, but she's even more incredulous when the General is charged with the crime. It is only after Kat is injured in a nighttime raid on Mrs. Twitchell's house that the truth about Mrs. Twitchell and the General emerges, Kat's father promises to be more open, and Kat is able to let go of some of her grief. Although Kat is an appealing character and Golding has an ear for kids' dialogue, the adult characters here seem more melodramatic than well developed. The plot lines are tied up too conveniently, as well, but readers who empathize with Kat may not be picky. --Chris Sherman

Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-Kat O'Connor, 13, is grieving for her mother, who died of cancer the previous summer. She has befriended a homeless man, the General, who feeds the pigeons by the war memorial. At home, she is preoccupied with her neighbor, Mrs. Twitchell, whom the local children believe to be a witch. When Kat's friend Maggie is hurt in a hit-and-run accident, the injured girl is convinced that one of Twitch's curses is responsible. Then it is discovered that the General was driving the car. Kat, whose sympathies are divided between her two friends, then works on a plan to chase Twitch from the neighborhood. That's a lot for one protagonist, but the problems result in a fairly interesting plot. The trouble is that Golding deliberately misleads readers. The General has a past, and it involves Kat's teacher, Sister Mildred, and Twitch. Sister Mildred leads Kat to believe that her sister, Julia, who blamed the loss of her true love on the General, killed herself years ago. When readers learn that Twitch is Julia, they are likely to resent this manipulation and seemingly intended deception. A flawed, but engaging novel.-Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.