When JFK Was My Father by Amy Gordon

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It's 1963 and thirteen-year-old Georgia decides to pretend that JFK is her father, certain that he won't let her down - unlike her own father, who is too busy with work and a love affair to pay much attention to her. Georgia's world is turned upside down when she and her mother leave their home in Brazil and return to the United States, where Georgia is immediately packed off to a boarding school. At school Georgia fails almost all of her classes and feels as if she'll never fit in with the other girls. But as time passes, and with the help of her English teacher, some friendly voices, and her own growing self-awareness, Georgia begins to realize her self-worth and the true significance of her three most treasured possessions: a pebble from her friend Tim, her stamp collection, and her photograph of JFK. She also discovers many truths about the people in her life.

About Amy Gordon

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Amy Gordon has written four books for children. She teaches drama at the Bement School and lives in Montague Center, Massachusetts, with her two sons.
Published April 26, 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 202 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He wants Georgia to run away with him, but she, learning of the uproar at the school in the early hours of her disappearance and reeling from the news that JFK has been assassinated, decides that the students and teachers are her real family and refuge.

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But given an unconvincing and cliched supporting cast, an implausible plot (Georgia ends up hiding on school grounds for several days with Tim, who has run away from a neighboring school she had no idea he attended) and the lack of resolution, the novel falls far short of its potential.

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