Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Heaven (MG)

Heaven. By Angela Johnson. 1998. Simon & Schuster. 144 pages.

In Heaven there are 1,637 steps from my house to the Western Union.

Meet Marley. She's our fun-loving heroine whose world is about to get a little shaky when she discovers that her parents haven't been telling her the whole truth about her life, about who she is.

Marley has lived most of her fourteen years in Heaven, Ohio. And, for the most part, she's loved it. She's got her friends Shoogy, Bobby, and Feather to keep her company. Plus her family. But one day, one letter changes everything. Puts everything into question. At least in Marley's mind. Can Marley find her way again? Can she find a way to accept these new truths? Will she find a way to forgive her parents?

This coming of age story is well written, in fact it won the Coretta Scott King Award.

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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