|Stitch in time|
Author: Kalmar, Daphne
In 1927 Vermont, eleven-year-old Donut, recently orphaned after the death of her beloved pops, stands to lose everything when she learns her Aunt Agnes plans to move her to Boston, but little does her aunt know that Donut has no intentions of leaving her friends or her home.
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School Library Journal (06/01/18)
Booklist (+) (05/15/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/07/18)
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Booklist - 05/15/2018 *Starred Review* It’s been a difficult few weeks for 11-year-old Donut, née Dorothy, since her Pops passed in an accident and her stick-in-the-mud Aunt Agnes moved into their house. Donut wishes she’d just go home and leave her to her taxidermy, Pops’ inventions, and her beloved Rand McNally World Atlas. Then the horrible truth is revealed: Aunt Agnes is planning to go back to Boston, but she’s taking Donut with her and enrolling her in a stuffy girls school. Rage and desperation surge in Donut, who can’t fathom leaving her Vermont town, friends, or memories of her parents behind. When reason, refusal, and a visit from her godfather Sam all fail to persuade Aunt Agnes to let Donut stay, she runs away to an old hunting cabin across the lake, prepared to stay there until her aunt gives up on her for being too much trouble. Written in the third person limited to Donut’s perspective, Kalmar’s debut has an authentic voice that brings her protagonist vividly to life and lends her struggles with grief an immediacy that belies the 1927 setting. Donut is brassy and flawed but easy to love, especially in light of how much she values friendships and her growing self-awareness. Kalmar doesn’t break ground here, but she writes so well that this familiar story feels new. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Eleven-year-old Donut's world is turned upside-down when her father is tragically killed in an automobile accident. Just as suddenly as her father disappeared, Aunt Agnes appears from Boston, her rigid personality an unwelcome presence in Donut's quiet Vermont town. When Agnes resolves to bring Donut back to the big city with her, the young girl can't imagine her future anywhere not layered with reminders of her father. When her godfather, Sam, fails to convince Agnes to allow Donut to stay with him, she sets out to live at Chanticleer, an abandoned cabin in the woods on the edge of Dog Pond. As Donut hunkers down, she wills Aunt Agnes to leave for Boston without her, gathering support from friends in her village. Kalmar transports readers into the woods of Vermont with her vivid descriptions. Readers will empathize with Donut's heartache over the loss of her father and her fierce desire to resist change at all costs. A superb read-aloud, educators and readers will find much to discuss. VERDICT A solid piece of historical fiction, this novel is a recommended purchase for most libraries.—Amy McInerney, Falmouth Elementary School, ME - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.