May 20, 2003

All the Way Home by Patricia Reilly Giff

Taking place in 1940's Brooklyn, this is a story about two children from two worlds that come together to bring meaning, fullness and friendship to each others' life. Brick is a young boy from the country whose family was torn apart because of a fire in their apple orchard. Mariel is a determined city girl who contracted polio, was abandoned by her mother, and has been adopted by her nurse, Loretta. Brick's family needs work, and temporarily sends him to Brooklyn to live with their friend Loretta. Brick and Mariel, forced together by circumstance, their relationship is at first tenuous, but with their mutual love of the Brooklyn Dodgers, finding each other helps them to search for that missing part of their lives.
Reed Reads Score: 3.5

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