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. Volume XVI Number 3. . . .September 18, 2009
These two excerpts set up the conflict that is central to the story set in this culturally diverse community. Gedion and his family are brand new to Canada and live in the same apartment building as Dilly and her family. Dilly feels guilty about her behaviour pointing out Gedion’s indiscretion. She searches for a way to assuage her guilt and help the Imre family. She decides to throw a Christmas party, and, with the help of her friends, they manage to pull it off –– and all’s well that ends well. (Dilly even ends up with the skates she wants).
The young characters are full of optimism and determination but not without flaws and shortcomings. They defy stereotypes: Dilly plays hockey while her friend Simon is an amazing boy soprano. Their enthusiasm propels them through many difficulties, and they find their own strengths and resourcefulness and the same in their friends. In other words, they are interesting kids on a mission.
Ruth McMahon is a professional children’s librarian, storyteller, co-chair of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Choice Book Award, and the mother of two elementary school aged children..
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