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The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
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Aug 11, 2011

This is a great book for the 8-12 year old audience; I even enjoyed it once I got past some chapters in the middle that seemed to be leading to a rather obvious conclusion. I should have trusted Haddix; there was a lot more to the story than the obvious thing that Britt was suspecting but confused about. There are great themes of family, love, and forgiveness. I like that the family isn't perfect; while it would be nice to have lovely memories of a loving extended family, not everyone has that. It's discouraging to always read stories of perfectly even-tempered parents, doting grandparents, and playful cousins. Instead in real life, sometimes people are just mean. I like how Britt grows stronger in this book and learns how to face some unpleasant truths in life. I'm recommending that my daughter read this book.

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