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Title:
The hurry-up summer
Author:
Mahoney, Mary Reeves.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
New York : Putnam, [1987]

©1987
Physical Description:
191 pages ; 22 cm
Summary:
Having lived all her life with her widowered father in their small Southern town, twelve-year-old Letty resents his new girlfriend and tries to grow up in a hurry to stop him from remarrying.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780399214301
Format :
Book

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Summary

Having lived all her life with her widowered father in their small Southern town, twelve-year-old Letty resents his new girlfriend and tries to grow up in a hurry to stop him from remarrying.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8 Letty, 12, lives with her widowed father and Marfa, the black housekeeper who has taken care of Letty since she was a baby. Suddenly, Marfa must leave town with her retarded adolescent son because she can no longer control his behavior and fears that harm may come to him as a result. Letty is heartbroken and now fears that her father will marry just to give her a new mother. She determines to grow up in a hurry in order to convince him not to get married. Letty has many experiences that summer: her first boyfriend with all the thrill, excitement, and confusion that it entails; the painful separation from her beloved Marfa; her first menstrual period; and, for the first time in her life, she experiences serious conflicts with her father. This tender coming-of-age novel, set in the deep South during the mid-1950s, is a special book. The characters are vividly drawn, including the secondary characters, such as Blanche, Letty's older, unmarried friend who becomes pregnant. The book is well written, with a strong, heartfelt plot that is sure to find a large readership. Janet DiGianni, North Andover High School, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.