Wyeth, Sharon Dennis. A piece of heaven.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position::Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article
 
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Random House, Dell, Yearling. 200p c2001. 0-440-41869-0 4.99. J

To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2001:

On one level, this is a grim story of a 13-year-old girl whose world is falling apart. On another level, it is an optimistic story of a girl whose world is expanding. Mahalia (Haley) opens the narrative with her birthday, when her mother goes on a shopping spree and fills their little apartment with groceries, gives Haley some lovely pajamas, and temporarily pulls back from her endless nagging of Haley's older brother Otis. That same night, Haley's mother can't stop crying and admits herself to a mental ward at the hospital where she works. Haley and her brother are left on their own, with a neighbor looking in occasionally, and Otis soon is embroiled in illegal activities, telling lies all the while. Haley gets a job cleaning out the yard and shed of a music teacher named Jackson. This is Haley's "piece of heaven," from the title, because she throws her physical and creative energy into making this space...

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