Thursday, September 11, 2014

Dreamsleeves by Coleen Murtagh Paratore

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Aislinn lives in a dysfunctional family. She takes care of her younger siblings all summer while her mother and father work. Although Aislinn is just twelve years old, she realizes her father is an alcoholic who is drinking more and more. Although Aislinn is a typical preteen who just wants to hang out with her friends and go to her first boy-girl party, she is even more concerned about her father.

Nothing seems to work as Aislinn's father spirals out of control. He loses his job and becomes more and more abusive. He forbides Aislinn to even speak to boys on the phone.

No one in the family knows what to do. Aislinn finally comes up with a plan that may embarrass her family ... but will it work?

This is a wonderful book that will draw the reader in and have everyone rooting for Aislinn. I know I am!

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