Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Warden's Daughter
Cammie's mother died saving her daughter when Cammie was just a baby. She doesn't remember her mother at all, but everyone in town knows who she is. Cammie carries a well of anger over her lost mother that she doesn't quite understand.
It's the summer of 1959, and Cammie is determined to find someone to fill the mother void in her life, and she has settled on Eloda Pupko, the prison trustee granted the job of housekeeper and Cammie-sitter. Eloda is all business, but that doesn't deter Cammie.
Though Cammie is a tomboy, her best friend Reggie looks much older than she really is and has a longing for fame. She has another friend in Boo Boo, a black inmate who adopts the sad little girl.
The summer will bring friendship, fights, fame, and a murderer, but will Cammie find a mother? Jerry Spinelli's new book was good but not great for me. I'm trying to put my finger on the problem, and I think it's the plot device of Cammie telling the story as an adult. I think it would have benefitted from a sense of immediacy.