Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Looking For Me by Betsy R. Rosenthal

Edith is the fourth child in a family of twelve.  Through poetry and verse she describes her sixth grade year as she attempts to find her identity and significance in this huge family.
The Jewish culture and the 1930s/Depression are woven into this novel packed with raw emotions and honest exploration of who one is.
All events and the story is based on the author's mom's childhood.
The stories in this book remind me of some of the stories my mom tells about living as one of ten children.  Images of her and her childhood kept popping up as I read.
*Highly recommend for junior high girls.
-Borrowed from the library.
Points to discuss: One verse contains information about the mom needing to have one of her ovaries removed and how they are "baby-making equipment".  A boy screams at her about how she killed Jesus Christ.  Her favorite brother died at a young age and the family goes through a grief process and questioning God.

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