This uplifting and inventive tale begins with a situation all too familiar: old grudges, long-standing resentments, and time-honored fears have virtually entombed a young girl's heartbroken mother and small town in bitterness. When 14-year-old Suzanne is smitten by a traveling puppeteer hoping to entertain the surly villagers, he offers her two bits of advice: take action or move on. Sidestepping romance and rash decisions, Suzanne decides to get busy stirring up the hornets in her town's nest of troubles - maybe a catharsis is just what they all need. Most adolescents will identify with this sensitive portrait of a teenager faced with difficult circumstances. Bart Moeyaert's playful, poetic language and larger-than-life characters infuse the tale with insight and hope.
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Published July 28, 2000
by Front Street imprint of Boyds Mills Press.