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SOLVED: Children's/YA > SOLVED. YA book about a family with triplets, one is named Deirdre. [s]

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April | 6 comments I read this book in 5th grade, when I was 10, which was 1990. It was maybe more of a children's book than YA. I can only remember that one of the character's names is "Deirdre" because I didn't know how to pronounce it and kept saying "Dear-dree" in my head. I think the book was about a family with new triplets or Deirdre WAS a triplet. I've been wanting to re-read this book but can't seem to recall any other details or what the title was or who the author was at all. Maybe an old house was involved too?


Andria (airdna) | 2500 comments Mod
Dorrie's Book

from Kirkus Reviews: " Dorrie wrote this book herself as a school assignment which helps us to excuse her indulgence in the material luxuries of being an only child--Dad's Caesar salads, Christopher Parkening playing Villa-Lobos on the stereo, a two bedroom apartment overlooking the Golden Gate bridge, and there's even an ingenuous admission that the adult world has pegged Dorrie as both an MGM (mentally gifted minor) and an obnoxious brat. Things change rapidly when Mom's long hoped for second child turns into triplets --placid Deirdre , screaming Randolph and hungry Raymond. The family, now double, moves into a rundown old house and onto a new regime of TV dinners and petty squabbles. And the new neighborhood brings them Genevieve and Harold. . . she's a big help with Randolph and both kids sort of attach themselves to the family after their mother abandons them. Dorrie, having lost her parents' attention is knee deep in self pity though under the circumstances it's hard to blame her. And you'll be ready to appreciate the cathartic fantasy ending she writes to her own story, which has Dorrie discovering twelve bodies and a treasure buried in the backyard and being adopted by an admiring police inspector who will train her to become a great detective. Dorrie's teacher marks her down for this conclusion (Mom explains that fiction is supposed to end with the loose ends tied up) but we find it marvelously liberating. Otherwise her garrulous precocity and, we expect, the reader's sheer relief at having been spared sibling problems of this magnitude, make this an empathic entertainment. Sachs has come closer to the homely truth of family life without resorting to the slightly frenzied humor one finds here, but, big vocabulary and all, Dorrie is still individual enough to survive such a whopping adjustment."


April | 6 comments YESSSSSS!!! Thank you so much! This is it! How did you know?? I don't remember the book cover looking at all like it does. But the author definitely rings a bell! I'm going to grab this book ASAP at the library, if I can find it! Thank you again!!!! This has been on my mind for years and I finally found a way to find it!


April | 6 comments Hi Andria, I tried to shelve this book, but I think only moderators of the group can do it? In any case, it didn't work when I followed the steps on how to shelve books for this group. Sorry!


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Kris | 34466 comments Mod
April, glad you found your book!

You're correct, only moderators shelf books in this group. We made the change recently for security reasons and to stop authors from spamming the bookshelf.


Andria (airdna) | 2500 comments Mod
Yay, I'm happy that was the right one! And I've shelved the book.


April | 6 comments Thanks, Kris and Andria!


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