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The monkey tree / Janet S. Anderson.

By: Anderson, Janet, 1946-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, c1998ISBN: 0525460322 (hc.); 9780525460329 (hc.).Subject(s): Artists -- Fiction | Self-perception -- Fiction | Family life -- Fiction | Friendship -- Fiction | Great-uncles -- FictionDDC classification: [Fic] LOC classification: PZ7.A5365 | Mo 1998Summary: Afraid that she has lost her own artistic ability, fourteen-year-old Susanna feels a connection with her great-uncle Louie, who has spent the past twenty years hidden away in his room, and in trying to reach him, she begins to discover her own inner strength.
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Afraid that she has lost her own artistic ability, fourteen-year-old Susanna feels a connection with her great-uncle Louie, who has spent the past twenty years hidden away in his room, and in trying to reach him, she begins to discover her own inner strength.

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Gr 7-9-A dark and intense story of a 14-year-old girl's retreat from the world and her struggle to reconnect. After her grandmother dies, Susanna and her family spend the summer at Grandma's house to care for Great Uncle Louis, a recluse who hasn't left his bedroom in 20 years. Louis, like Susanna, is artistic and extremely sensitive. She empathizes with him. Betrayed by a friend and stung by some negative comments on her artwork by a teacher, Susanna has become friendless, fearful, and insecure. With some help from a fierce yet funny new friend, she begins to realize many things: life is hard, but also wonderful; it's important to take risks; being different doesn't mean being crazy; people need others; and art is very important to her. When Uncle Louis disappears, she is able to draw on her inner resources to deal with the situation. Susanna's paralysis of spirit and her nervousness are reflected in the jumpy, fragmented, somewhat stream-of-consciousness style of the novel-a style that is sometimes difficult to follow. Susanna draws a tree (hence the title) with monkeys hanging from branches and reaching out to help other monkeys climb up. This tree becomes a metaphor for her need to abandon her withdrawal and reach out to those around her. A difficult read with a limited audience.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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