Cissy Funk by Kim Taylor

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How many times can your family let you down?

All the time, if you're Cissy Funk. It's bad enough that her father left the family to find work in Denver. After all, the Depression has hit the Colorado plains hard, leaving nothing but dust and empty farms behind. What makes it all worse is that he left Cissy and her brother alone to take care of their mother, Rose. Cold and Violent, Rose seems to hate Cissy with a passion. What Cissy can't figure out is why.

In the middle of the darkest moment in her life, when Rose leaves bruises on her every day, Cissy's aunt Vera comes to town. Vera is the only bright spot on the horizon. But Vera, too, has her secrets and her troubles. Just when Cissy feels that everything is working out for her at last, her whole world falls apart again. But Cissy Funk is an amazing girl, and she'll use every remarkable ounce of will and spirit she has to make the best out of the worst situation yet.


About Kim Taylor

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Taylor has been a teacher, factory worker, industrial sales clerk, social worker, magistrate, carpenter, and pizza delivery person. She was a founder of the Bubba Newsletter.
Published April 24, 2001 by HarperCollins. 211 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Few of the characterizations go beyond the superficial, and when potentially shocking family secrets (about Vera's sexuality and Cissy's parentage) finally emerge, they have been so heavily foreshadowed and are so easily accepted by Cissy that they make little impact on readers.

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Everything Cissy does, she does in an effort to forestall the rages that whirl around in her mother’s head, not unlike the sudden dust storms her mother is certain will come if Cissy and Jonas leave her by herself.

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