Dilly's mom, Elspeth Dillon Howell, died when Dilly was just six. She left her daughter an Adirondack farmhouse and a letter for when Dilly was "older." Now that Dilly's old enough, the letter's missing. As Dilly searches for it in the house's many hiding places, she makes a few discoveries about the mom she never really knew. Surprisingly, Elspeth's long ago life looks a lot like Dilly's today.
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by Sally Warner
by Sally Lloyd-Jones
by Eve Bunting
by Joan Lowery Nixon
by Christopher Golden
by Julie Anne Peters
by Jerry Spinelli
by Alice Mead
"Twelve-year-old California girl Dilly Howell bears a grudge against her mother for dying six years earlier. Even more strongly, she resents her father's insistence on practically enshrining her mother's memories and traditions. The worst demand is the annual six-week summer trip to her mother's family farm in the Adirondacks. It's entirely unbearable this year because of the discovery of a letter written to Dilly by her mom just before her death. Can't she just be left alone to grow up? Narrator Julie Dretzin is commendably believable as an emotional adolescent. The character's confused frustration and grief are evident but not annoying. N.M.C. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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