Monday, January 19, 2015

Book Challenge: A Book From Your Childhood

Book: Backyard Angel by Judy Delton
Pages: 107
Date Read: 1/19/15
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ 

Other Categories this book could 
have fit into:
A funny book
A book you can finish in a day
Ever since school had closed in late spring, Angel sat on the back steps every morning. When she was younger she had sat waiting to be old enough to go to school. Now she just sat waiting. 
This is one of those weird books that I've always owned but have no idea where it came from. I don't know how old I was when I read it for the first time, but I do remember thinking that the ten-year-old heroine was so old.

It's kind of a sad little book, to be honest. It's about a girl who never smiles. Her father left when she was six, and her mother is now over-protective and a little paranoid. Angel (whose real name is Caroline; her mother calls her Angel when she's mad at her because it sounds less harsh) has inherited her mother's worries. She has an over-active imagination and always assumes worst-case scenarios.

But it's beautiful. There's a lot of thought in this book, and ideas that are still applicable as an older reader. It reads realistically as how an anxious ten-year-old would think. And her little brother, Rags, is just adorable. I really love this story.
She wondered if that was the way all of life was: Things were so much fun when you were very small, and then, bang, all of a sudden the excitement was gone. She looked at Rags and suddenly felt very sorry for him. Here he was, jumping up and down thinking about the oil truck, and then one day he'd come here and find he didn't want to climb on it anymore. If that's what growing up was, Angel decided, there was no reason to be in a hurry. 
I learned today that there are six more books about Angel and Rags! I'm really excited to track them all down and read them.

I would recommend this book to those who like children's fiction along the lines of the Ramona books; especially if, like me, you read Ramona and related more to Beezus.


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