Daunted by the hand he has been dealt, 12-year-old Horatio Tuckerman is having a tough time. Two years ago, his dad died of lung cancer. Embittered and anguished, Horatio's life has been a whirlwind of change since losing his best friend. A one-time city kid, Horatio now lives in a small Wisconsin town. His grandfather O.P. (the Old Professor) has moved in and taken over his bedroom. Even worse, his mother Evie, a dentist, is dating a guy nicknamed "Pink Gums Paul." Remarkably, with the help of O.P. and others, Horatio begins to see that he can get through rough times by accepting life on life's terms--realizing that "life's a funny proposition, after all." Author Barbara Garland Polikoff invites young adults on a journey from grief to peace.
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"Against the backdrop of his father's recent death, Horatio struggles with the arrival of his grandfather, the "Old Professor," into the family home and the vagaries of friendship with Eric and his sister, Angie. With the death of O.P.'s dog and the subsequent choice of a new dog, Horatio and his family progress to a point both positive and peaceful. Ramon de Ocampo has a light, youthful voice. He moves easily from the frank emotions of Horatio to the brooding of his mother, the heaviness of his grandfather, and the lilt and spark of Angie. His emphasis and varied tempo underscore Horatio's emotional upheaval as he comes to a new understanding of his world. A.R. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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