Rodowsky, Colby. The Turnabout Shop. Douglas and McIntyre Ltd., 1998. ISBN 0-374-37889-4. $21.00. 135 pp. A 3-9 FI Reviewed by Cinda Clement After Livvy’s mother dies she is sent to live with her mother’s old college roommate, whom she has never met. This woman, who has never married, runs an antique shop with her mother. She is as sensible as Livvy’s mother was not. In journal letters to her dead mother, Livvy chronicles her settling into this new family. A quiet yet worthwhile story of a young orphaned child adapting to the adjustments of a new life in a new family, it recounts sad and angry feelings, which slowly change to accepting, loving ones as Livvy and her new family make a life together. The story is well told, not melodramatic. It would be an interesting and enlightening read for older elementary children.
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