Kephart, Beth. House of dance.

Author:Marler, Myrna
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review
 
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KEPHART, Beth. House of dance. HarperCollins. 263p. c2008. 978-0-06-142928-6. $16.99. JS*

This novel is for young people dealing with the loss of loved ones, whether through death or disappointment. Fifteen-year-old Rosie is lonely. Her father has abandoned the family. Her mother is involved with a married man, and now her mother tells Rosie her grandfather is dying. Even though Rosie's mother and grandfather have not spoken for several years, Rosie's mother asks her to visit her grandfather every day over the summer and help him. Rosie's best friend is away for the summer and her almost-boyfriend is busy working for his father, so every day Rosie goes over to grandfather's house and helps him sort through a mountain of accumulated possessions. They go into piles: "in trust," "decide later," and "toss."

Over the summer, Rosie learns of her grandfather's regrets, all the places he didn't travel to with his now-dead wife because he was...

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