A Question of Trust
Fourteen-year-old Brad is having a hard time accepting the fact that his mother is divorcing his father. Even though she seems much happier, he refuses to visit or talk to her, and he expects his eight-year-old brother, Charlie, to do the same. Throwing all of his energy and emotion into the care of a stray cat and her kittens who are living in their backyard shed, Brad is devastated when he and Charlie find one of the kittens dead, and he is certain the mother cat is at fault. Only when he is at risk of losing everything he will let himself care about does Brad finally reach out to both his parents, and in doing so realizes that beyond his hurt and anger, love has never gone away. ©1994 Cooperative Children's Book Center
Marion Dane Bauer was born and raised in Oglesby, Illinois. She was a high school teacher in Waukesha from 1962 to 1964, living in Delafield and Waukesha. She currently lives in Falcon Heights, Minnesota.
CCBC Age Recommendation: Ages 10-14
Age Range: Grades 3-5 (Ages 8-10) Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Grades 9-12 (Age 14 and older)
Subjects: Anger Divorce Feelings/Emotions Grief and Loss Pets
Publish Year: 1994
CCBC Location: Fiction, Bauer