Johnson, Maureen. The key to the golden Firebird, a novel.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

JOHNSON, Maureen. The key to the golden Firebird, a novel. HarperCollins. 297p. c2004. 978-0-06-054140-8. $8.99. JS *

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: Three teenage sisters reel after the sudden death of their beloved father, with their equally devastated mother barely coping. Their father loved baseball and named his daughters after famous players: Brooks, Mayzie (known as May, named after Willie Mays), and Palmer. Their summers with their father had been taken up by their own ball games in summer leagues and frequent trips to watch the Orioles play in Camden Yards, so the summer after his death is especially painful. Brooks, a natural athlete, quits the team and starts a self-destructive path with dubious friends. The youngest sister, Palmer, is only 13; she loses herself in endless TV and sleeplessness. May learns to drive a car with the help of longtime family friend Peter, and their relationship is a major part of the story. Their mother worries about money and doesn't have time or energy to take care of her girls. The climax of the story is when May gets the keys...

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