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My Brother's Keeper (Hardcover)

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My Brothers Keeper McCormick, Patricia  1 of 1

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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0756968968
ISBN-13: 9780756968960
Sku: 209634957
Publish Date: 9/22/2008
Age Range:  15 to 19
From the acclaimed author of "Cut" comes this new novel that explores the anguish of living with divided loyalties and the cost of keeping family secrets, as a young teen struggles to keep his family together when his father abandons them.
From the Publisher:
Thirteen-year-old Toby, a prematurely gray-haired Pittsburgh Pirates fan and baseball card collector, tries to cope with his brother's drug use, his father's absence, and his mother dating Stanley the Food King.
After their alcoholic father leaves the family, 13-year-old Pirates-baseball-card-obsessed Toby does everything he can to hide his older brother Jake's drug-use from their depressed mother. As the family begins to crumble, Toby spends his time cleaning up after Jake, from constantly spraying the room with Citrus Magic to keeping their mother in the dark about endless, tangled issues and problems. A vivid, heartfelt story narrated with humor-tinged sadness that carefully explores one family's private pain.


Publishers Weekly
"Throughout the book, McCormick honestly and dramatically expresses Toby's frantic desire to restore normalcy in his broken home. She credibly develops a plot that demonstrates why playing the role of enabler ultimately does more harm than good, and invites reflective thought and meaningful discussion." 07/11/2005

Kirkus Reviews
"Toby's a likable, relatable protagonist, and he tells his story in very humorous first person as McCormick pulls off that rare feat of treating a serious subject with just the right lightness of tone. Splendidly done." 06/01/2005

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Readers who already know that the most meaningful moments are often hidden in the little ones will appreciate this compelling and compassionate story." 07/01/2005

New York Times Book Review
"One of the best things in the book is the way McCormick captures Toby's isolation, sadness, desperation." - Lois Metzger 10/23/2005

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributePublisher:   Perfection Learning
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