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Queenie Peavy by Robert Burch
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Jul 02, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: kid-books-i-still-love, stuff-i-read-before-i-was-20
Read in January, 1974

I read this in elementary school, and Queenie's poverty made a huge impression on me ... it stuck so hard, a couple of years ago I had to go find this at the library and read it again.

As an adult, what struck me was this story's moral of "self control." It isn't until Queenie (with the support of some helpful adults) learns to control her temper and not be at its mercy that she gains some measure of peace.

Queenie's hero-worship of and subsequent abandonment by her father is heart-rending ... does anyone write stories that complex for kids anymore?
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