Brown, Carrie. The rope walk, a novel.

Author:Theiss, Nola
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

BROWN, Carrie. The rope walk, a novel. Random House, Anchor. 321 p. c2007. 978-0-307-27809-8. $13.95. JSA

Alice is the only daughter of a widower with four sons. Her mother died when she was very young, and Alice is living a protected and love-cushioned life with her beloved father and her rowdy brothers who flit in and out of the house on school vacations. On her tenth birthday, her family takes in a boy her own age who is the grandson of her father's friend, and whose family is in disarray. The boy, who is African American, is an adventurer and knowledgeable in ways she is not, and together they discover things about themselves and the world they are living in. They also meet Kenneth, the artist brother of one of their neighbors, who is dying of HIV, and they...

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