Drawing Lessons by Tracy Mack

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A stunning first novel about losing your childhood and finding your voice.

Twelve-year-old Aurora is an artist like her father. Through a hundred drawing lessons he guided her hand, trained her eye, thught her how to mix colors and achieve perspective. Together they pplan to paint a beautiful mutral for Rory's mother... maybe showing a sunset, to make up for the ones Mom misses because she's at her job, supporting the family. But when Rory goes to show her father a sketch for themural she finds him embracing his model. Outraged, she tries to hurt him by burning up her sketchbook, Soon after, he leaves, and Rory knows her anger drove him away.
 

About Tracy Mack

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Mack is a book editor and a devoted yogini.
 
Published March 1, 2000 by Scholastic Press. 176 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Children's Books, Business & Economics, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rory’s almost continual awareness of light and color gives her a convincing artist’s voice, and Mack sets her back on her feet in the end, with the help of time, Nicky’s loyalty, and a startling gift from her father: her charred sketchbook, rescued and repaired both as a sign of his love, and to ...

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Rory loves getting drawing lessons from her artist father, but when he moves out, she must learn to start painting her own world, both literally and figuratively.

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Even when her father finally tries to explain why he left, Rory's head feels ""muddy, like a bucket of dirty paintbrush water."" Only following a climactic confrontation with her father does Rory learn to use his lessons to start painting her own world, both literally and figuratively.

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Drawing Lessons, a Booklist Top Ten First Novels of 2000 and Teen People Book Club NEXT Award Finalist, is the first novel by Tracy Mack, in which seventh-grader Rory Forrester narrates about her life.

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