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Blackberries in the Dark

by Mavis Jukes
Illustrated by Thomas B. Allen

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2002
48 pages
ISBN: 0-394-87599-0

Ages 5 - 11

After the death of his grandfather, Austin's first visit to Grandma's home is filled with painful memories and an acute sense of loss for both her and the boy. After Austin and Grandma make a few attempts to comfort each other, they begin anew while going fly fishing, one of Grandpa's favorite pastimes. Jukes's expert uses of word imagery conveys deep emotions. Simple acts depict character and give remarkable depth to this short story so welcome now that it's back in print once again. Allen's occasional artwork rendered in black and white underscores the love wrapped around every page of a warmly created summer story perfect for newly independent readers. CCBC categories: Books For Beginning And Newly Independent Readers.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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