A Smidgen Of Sky
A Smidgen of Sky by Dianna Dorisi Winget
This title will be published in November, 2012 and is currently not in the KCLS catalog.
Ever since her daddy's plane crashed it has been just Piper and her mama, and that suited Piper just fine. But after years of waiting her mama has decided to move on and is remarrying- this does not suit Piper at all. Even worse, Ben comes with a daughter of his own who is the same age as her!
It isn't enough for Piper to be negative about the upcoming wedding, she thinks her mama is being disloyal to her daddy's memory and someone needs to stop this wedding. What if her daddy did survive the crash and just lost his memory? What would happen if he came home found Ben? Piper decides to encourage Ben's daughter Ginger to find her mother, who had left them when Ginger was a baby. And since she's on the computer looking things up, she puts a post out asking if anyone has information about her missing father.
Things quickly go sour as Ginger's mother calls back and Piper gets a response online. But is everything as straightforward as it appears to be?
Winget tackles powerful themes is a straightforward and appealing style. Piper and Ginger's voices ring true as ten year olds trying to figure out the guilt they feel over their missing parents, even though each has been reassured that it isn't their fault. The subtle plot of internet safety had me gripping the book as I wanted to stop Piper from what she was doing! Blending families isn't easy, and this novel will be especially powerful for children who have lost a parent.
Score: 5 out of 5
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