One Square Inch

One Square Inch

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Cooper's grandfather gives him and his little sister, Carly, deeds to square inches of land in the Yukon. Carly uses them to invent her own imaginary kingdom of Inchland--far away from the silence of their home, where their single mother stays in bed all day. When their mom comes out of her season of sadness bursting with sometimes frightening energy, Carly retreats into Inchland, while sixth-grader Cooper tries to control the chaos. But can Cooper really keep Carly--and himself--safe?

In One Square Inch , Claudia Mills weaves a story that is "Believable and deeply moving" ( Publishers Weekly ).

Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780374356521
0374356521
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER 102110B YS 'Y'
Characteristics: 168 p. ; 22 cm.

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BPLNextBestKids Nov 25, 2011

This is a powerful book. It might be scary for some children as it opens up the world of mental illness. Eleven year old Cooper and his little sister Carly watch their mother's behaviour become increasingly erratic. Her bipolar disorder could even be endangering them. When mum's behaviour is at it's worst, the children go into a make believe world to keep themselves safe. This author does a great job making a tricky topic understandable to young readers. Reviewed by BPL volunteer LC.

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