Corrigan, Eireann. Splintering.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

CORRIGAN, Eireann. Splintering. Scholastic, Push. 184p. c2004.0-439-48992-X. $7.99. S*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2004: A work of fiction, told through poetry, this is a powerful story of a family splintering apart because of an act of violence. A brother and a sister share the narrative in alternating poems. The brother, Jeremy, worries about his younger sister Paulie, and he also worries about pleasing his father by getting into a good college. Paulie, a strong-minded 15-year-old, has been in fights with their mother all her life, with the bruises to prove it, but her life changed utterly when the madman entered the house and attacked them--and it was she who beat him down as her older sister called 911 and the police arrived. Jeremy tries to forgive himself for hiding while his father and his mother and sisters were attacked. The crime appears again and again in their thoughts as they try to pick...

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