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Ginny Dorris is thirteen. Her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer that needs immediate and aggressive treatment. Mrs. Dorris decides to send Ginny to live with her father in England for the summer. Ginny has only had brief contacts with her father since her parents were divorced when she was small. He is an anthropology professor who is participating in a university sponsored re-enactment of a bronze age Celtic farm settlement. Ginny does her best to participate in the project while coping with her homesickness, worries about her mother, and difficulty connecting to her emotionally distant father. She befriends Corey a 17 year-old boy on the project, and is drafted to look out for Daisy a five year-old girl. Ginny distinguishes herself as a cook able to cope with the primitive conditions. She is gradually coming to know her father.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Family, caring for ill    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Mother because he/she is    -   physically ill Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Parents/lack of parents problem?    -   Momma gone

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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