The Monkey Tree by Janet Anderson

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Susanna's great-uncle hasn't left his bedroom for twenty years. Her mother says that he was one of those children born without skin, so sensitive that everything hurt him. With her artist's eyes and feelings, Susanna can understand the appeal of the beautiful little sanctuary to Uncle Louis. It's a treasure room--a place for hoarding and holing up against the world. Susanna would like to hide there with him. In this powerful new novel, Janet S. Anderson, acclaimed author of Going Through the Gate, shares the observations and stinging emotions of a fourteen-year-old girl in retreat from the world. The brutal betrayal of a friend and the scathing comments of a teacher send Susanna deep within herself, searching fearfully for a way to safely connect again. Uncle Louis, with his silences and shared artist's skills, seems to offer that. But a fiercely determined, funny neighbor and the demands of her own curiosity pull Susanna back into experience. And when tragedy comes, she learns that what she has to give can be enough. Ms. Anderson's previous novel, Going Through the Gate, received a starred review from School Library Journal and a pointer from Kirkus. And Publishers Weekly noted that it brilliantly evokes the fear and exhilaration of growing up.
 

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Published November 1, 1998 by Dutton Juvenile. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this empathetic portrait of a troubled teenager, Anderson (Going Through the Gate, 1997) makes ordinary problems weigh as heavily on readers as they do on the heroine.

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Anderson, whose debut novel, Going Through the Gate, dealt with coming-of-age rituals, takes on another uncommon theme in this thought-provoking story. Fourteen-year-old Susanna is a talented artist u

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In addition, one of her best friends has moved away, another has disowned Susanna and the desire to create art in favor of joining the popular crowd, and Susanna watches her father put aside his music career.

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