Cammy’s only trouble in life is a cousin named Patty Ann who overshadows her in every way—until suddenly, Patty Ann is no longer around
Cammy has a happy life and a great family, except for one little problem: a cousin who thinks she’s better than everyone else. It’s true that Patty Ann is beautiful, talented, and bright, but to Cammy she’s also vain, conceited, and mean-spirited. Sometimes Cammy wishes that Patty Ann would disappear, just vanish in a puff of smoke. But when the unthinkable happens and Patty Ann is lost forever, Cammy struggles to atone for her bad feelings toward someone so close.
Award-winning author Hamilton weaves threads of love and tragedy into an elegant, stirring tapestry of family life. Young Cammy loves her old Gram Tut dearly--even though she's bedridden in a nursing home; she is ambivalent about her distant, very poor cousin Elodie; and she wishes that her cousin Patty Ann (who's too pretty, too smart and too perfect in every way), would just plain disappear. Cammy is a happy girl until tragedy strikes one summer day and she is plunged into grief. Only her family's love for one another and her grandmother's devotion can pull her out of the depths of dispair. Told from Cammy's point of view, this superlative novel features strong characterizations and incisive writing. Ages 10-14.
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I was in Elementary school when I read this book and loved it.