Tuesday, June 28, 2011

GROUNDED by Kate Klise

I loved this book and can't wait to share it with girls during our summer reading program.  I also look forward to getting my hands on other books by Kate Klise.

Daralynn was grounded for going fishing without permission.  That's the only reason she wasn't with her father and her brother and sister when they were killed in the plane crash.  Now it's just Daralynn and her mother struggling to move on with their lives.

Mourning the death of three family members is a difficult thing when your mother's only show of emotion is all-consuming anger and your grandmother's attention is fixated on the 237 dolls you received as condolence gifts.  Daralynn, nicknamed Dolly, watches as her mother becomes involved in a new business opportunity doing hair and makeup on the dead bodies at the local funeral home.  Her success at the funeral home turns into a thriving business when she buys the town's only beauty salon when the previous owner dies.

Inspired by her mother's work and her own need for closure, Dolly comes up with the idea of throwing Living Funerals.  The small town embraces the idea creating a whole new clientele for the local funeral home.  However, when a stranger arrives in town and opens a crematorium, an unfriendly competition begins brewing.  Dolly also notices some odd behavior that has her wondering just exactly how this new business is operating.

GROUNDED is filled with lovable, quirky characters, and I immediately fell in love with Dolly.  Her innocent, yet surprisingly mature approach to dealing with her irritable mother and senile grandmother while managing her own grief, make for an entertaining and inspiring read.  Although, she is going through an incredibly challenging time, Dolly shows a strength well beyond that of many adults.


Taylor said...

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Anonymous said...

This book is amazingly brilliant!!