Visiting Miss Caples by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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Thirteen-year-old Jenna has always been a devoted second-banana to her glamorous friend Liv. Ninety-year-old Elspeth Caples is a fragile shut-in eclipsed by a past filled with wrong turns and missed opportunities.

Jenna has just begun her dreaded participation in a class project she and her friends call "fossil-sitting." So far this has meant being trapped in a dusty room reading heroic-pet stories to one Miss Elspeth Caples, a strange old lady determined to ignore her existence. But when, in desperation, Jenna decides to tell her "audience" about her rapidly unraveling life, everything changes--inside and out of that dusty room.

In this beautifully layered story of friendships--gained, lost, changed--members of the "whatever" and the "fossil" generations embark on a tenderly funny, frequently awkward journey full of unsettling, exhilarating discoveries that make life at any age captivating and worthwhile.

"In Visiting Miss Caples, one generation reaches out movingly to another at that scary, necessary moment when you declare your independence, and begin to look around for your life."-- Richard Peck, 1998 Newbery Honor winner

About Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

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Elizabeth Kimmel Willard, the pen name for Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, is a lifetime Little House enthusiast. She is the author of many books for children, including the Lily B. series. She lives in Cold Spring, New York, with her husband and their daughter.
Published April 1, 2000 by Dial. 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As the novel unfolds, Miss Caples’s story is revealed, sparked by a gallery of old photographs on the walls, and the parallels between the young girl and the elderly woman are effectively drawn.

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Eighth-grader narrator Jen has been best friends with Liv since they were small children, but ever since Liv has ""clearly established herself as the leader"" of middle school, Jen has been playing the role of her follower.

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An eighth-grader's school project of reading to an elderly shut-in woman develops into a meaningful relationship.

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