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Dangerous Neighbors
ISBN: 9781606841068
Author: Kephart, Beth
Publisher: Egmont USA
Published: August 2010
Retail: $19.99    OUR PRICE: $2.99
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Binding Type: Library Binding
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Annotation: Set against the backdrop of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, Katherine cannot forgive herself when her beloved twin sister dies, and she feels that her only course of action is to follow suit.
Additional Information
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 6.00" W
Bargain Category: Growing Up, Historical Fiction, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
In the wake of her twin sister's tragic death, Katherine navigates Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial fair, searching for a place to end her own life. Kephart skillfully portrays Katherine's grief and deftly weaves past and present together to construct her narrative. This portrait of hopelessness and redemption, enhanced by its historical setting, will leave a deep impression on readers. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 October)

Gr 6–10—Although born 20 minutes after her twin sister, 17-year-old Katherine has always been the rescuer, the watcher, the caretaker of the two. When readers meet her, she is disconsolate from Anna's death the winter before. She has plans to end her own life as her guilt and loneliness can't seem to be assuaged. The story of her emotional journey is set against a colorful cacophony of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Katherine wanders through throngs of tourists, buskers, and hawkers. Her first plan, to jump from the rooftop of a balconied tower in the "Paris by Night" Colosseum, is stopped by Bennett, the baker's boy whom Anna had loved. As Katherine struggles with her memories of the once-complete relationship with her sister that was forced to make room for a third, her feelings of alienation and her failure to protect the one she cherished most intensify, and she is drawn again and again into the false world of the Exhibition. Ultimately, it is through chance meetings with "dangerous neighbors" and caring strangers that Katherine begins to consider the possibilities of her own life going forward. Her forgiveness of Bennett and herself gives birth to a sense of hope and helps this tenderly crafted story end with a positive spin. Kephart has painted a vivid picture of the Exhibition. Readers can practically smell the roasted peanuts and feel the bruise of crowds shoving by as she creates a lively setting against which a quiet, desperate struggle is played out.—Karen Elliott, Grafton High School, WI

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