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How I saved my father's life (and ruined everything else)
Ann Hood
Children's Fiction HOOD

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Hood (The Knitting Circle; Comfort, Reviews, Feb. 25) may be most recently celebrated for her adult novel and her memoir about grief, but her first YA title is a pitch-perfect comedy. Her subject here is also painful--divorce--but the narrative voice is exquisitely if unwittingly funny while true to the perspective of a child. Eleven-year-old Madeline, who assures readers up front that she's "not even a religious person," wants to become a saint. Why? She believes that her praying has miraculously saved her father from an avalanche, and with one more miracle she can fix the unintended consequences: her father has subsequently divorced her mother, moved to Manhattan, married a chic pastry chef named Ava Pomme and fathered a baby. Hood takes no shortcuts with any of her characters, allowing them to withstand Madeline's scorn or adulation in all their complexity. Rarely has divorce been shown so astutely from a child's point of view. Ages 11-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Madeline
Age: 12
Believes that she can perform miracles; saves her father from an avalanche, things turn for the worse after that.

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