Saturday, June 21, 2014

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a slow book; a gentle story with eccentric characters. It reads a lot like a book from the fifties, only the characters have modern attitudes. It is sweet and clean ... and real. Peggy is an only child whose parents keep her over involved by having scheduled activities to fill her time. But Peggy doesn't have any friends her age, is a bit of a loner and a nerd, but has a healthy dose of attitude. When one of her scheduled activities is cancelled due to instructor illness Peggy suggests she go visit her Grandmother in full throws of dementia, against her parents better judgement. Thus starts a new chapter in Peggy's life where she becomes a part of the community at Santa Lucia. Her grandmother never knows who she is but they become friends, partners in mischief. Peggy becomes friends and close to all the other residents and the staff. While on a two-week school break she works on a school project with the residents making an alphabet book about the residence which brings everyone closer. A lovely meeting of the minds between old and young, but a quiet story with no great events that might not be exciting enough for the intended audience. The artwork is interesting but abstract and surreal at times, not exactly my thing.



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