April 18, 2013

Not a sad story

Johnny Kellock Died Today
by Hadley Dyer

It's 1959, and Rosalie Norman is facing a long, boring summer in her Halifax neighborhood. A late child, Rosalie was born when her mother was nearly fifty. So she's a little different from her much older brother and sisters. A daydreamer, Rosalie lives in her mind and her comics. But when her cousin Johnny Kellock goes missing, she's forced to wake up a little. As she and her new friend David, whom the other kids cruelly call Gravedigger, search for Johnny, she learns more about family and the secrets that they hold.

A gentle story, well-written and funny, that expertly captures a forgotten time and place.

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