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October 15 1993 Gr 6-10 Fourteen-year-old Victoria Moore has always seen herself as living in the shadow of her popular younger sister Sara Then the girls spend the summer at their grandparents midwestern farm with their cousins quiet dependable Elijah and renegade dare-devil Rennie The boys and Tory as Rennie calls her form a bond that revolves around the team spirit required to do the farm chores the treacherous rim-walking that Rennie is so good at and a mysterious ghost child For the first time its Victoria who belongs and Sara whos left isolated and vulnerable to the pull of the lonely child spirit When tragedy strikes and Sara almost dies Tory fears that her rejection of Sara may have led to the accident The setting is richly drawn making the farm and its magic real to even the most urban reader The characters while a tad too wise for their ages are well-developed and realistically motivated and will certainly appeal to kids who will identify with the outsiderinsider theme The paranormal element weaves through the plot adding depth and complications that make the book a page-turner and the message though heavy-handed in spots is an important one Jeanne Triner Copyright 1993 American Library Association All rights reserved From Kirkus Reviews October 1 1993 A beautifully written story of a growing-up summer on an Illinois farm recollected 20 years later by Victoria who was then a shy self-effacing girl of 14 overshadowed by her ebullient younger sister Sara Victoria and her two male cousins all outsiders in different ways become a tightly bonded trio that gradually shuts Sara out leading to near-tragedy when Sara attempts to emulate their rimwalking--walking a thin ledge above danger eg on the roofbeams of a crumbling old house read more From Horn Book Three cousins -- Victoria Elijah and Rennie -- come of age as they spend a summer on their grandparents Midwestern farm Victorias
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