When a history project forces him to interview an older person to find out what its was like growing up after World War I, Matt makes a new friend in the outspoken Florrie.
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Theresa Tomlinson was a thirty-year-old mother of two when she began to write down the stories she'd made up to entertain her children. The first to be published was The Flither Pickers, which was followed by The Water Cat, The Secret Place, Riding the Waves (commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1991), The Rope Carrier, Haunted House Blues, Meet Me by the Steelmen (commended for the Carnegie Medal in 1998) and Night of the Red Devil. All of Theresa Tomlinson's books are set in the north of England - many of them on the north-east coast, an area around which she travelled extensively as a small child.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-- A strong novel about the surprising relationship that evolves between a boy and an elderly woman. Matt lives in a small seaside town in England, and dreams of joining a group of surfers, who have all the glamour of film stars in his eyes. They seem unattainable, however, until he is forced by a class project to pay a visit to Florrie, an old friend of his deceased grandmother's. After an awkward start, the pair find they have a lot to offer one another. Her stories of her youth in Seaburn actually interest and inspire him, while his problems and frustrations give her something to live for. When she asks the boy to accompany her to the beach, he fears she'll embarrass him in front of his surfing idols. In a neat twist, Florrie turns out to be a favorite of the surfing gang, and her presence helps him make the new friends he'd hoped for. Natural dialogue and deft insight into the characters' feelings raise this book above its fairly conventional plot. Matt's problem with learning to surf work as an unobtrusive metaphor for his other struggles and for Florrie's as well. The conclusion is particularly satisfying. She has not won her battle with ill health, but, inspired by Matt, is determined to keep trying. Low-keyed but thoroughly enjoyable. --Steven Engelfried, Alameda County Library, CA
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Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027892077
Book Description Atheneum, 1993. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027892077