If I Forget, You Remember by Carol Lynch Williams

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Sixth grade is over and Elyse Donaldson is ready for a perfect summer. She's going to read her favorite books and write her first novel. She's even determined to get along with her older sister, Jordyn. But her plans quickly unravel.



Granny's Alzheimer's is getting worse. So she moves in with Elyse, Jordyn, and their mom, and the girls watch over her while their mother is at work. Sometimes she's fine, but sometimes she slides into the past and doesn't even recognize Elyse. It's frightening to realize that her beloved grandmother is slowly slipping away. Then Elyse gets involved in a neighborhood newspaper, and her mom starts dating for the first time since her father died. Elyse doesn't think she can stand any more changes, any more loss, but she's a lot stronger than she knows. This is the summer she'll learn to stand up for herself and to help the grandmother who has always helped her.
 

About Carol Lynch Williams

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Carol Lynch Williams, a two-time winner of the Utah Original Writing Competition, is the author of several books for children, including two novels about the Orton family of New Smyrna, Florida: Kelly and Me and Adeline Street. A starred School Library Journal review of The True Colors of Caitlynne Jackson praises Williams as she "again demonstrates her facility at mood and character development... Truer colors are hard to come by."Her most recent novel, If I Forget, You Remember, is a moving intergenerational story that stresses the bonds that hold families together through difficult times--a help since over 19 million Americans have a family member with Alzheimer's disease.
 
Published March 9, 1998 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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From the beginning Granny's behavior is erratic as she fades in and out of past and present, calling Elyse ``Addie,'' after her own sister, but Elyse clings to a stubborn, unrealistic belief that the older woman will get better if only they are patient.

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Elyse Donaldson, the plucky narrator of this touching book, plans to write her first novel during her eventful 12th summer. She knows how to write it (with different colored crayons for each chapter),

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Aspiring novelist Elyse's devotion to her grandmother, a victim of Alzheimer's disease, is mixed with embarrassment and sorrow.

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In place of pat solutions, the author offers small but honest consolation: after highlighting Elyse's successive anger, false hope and acceptance, she ends with Elyse's realization that she can salvage and pass on memories her grandmother has lost--a credible and uplifting conclusion that may hel...

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