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Monday, October 3, 2016

The Smell of Other People's Houses

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Lexile = 960

Four kids telling their own story here: Ruth, Dora, Alyce, and Hank. This really confused me at the first. But then I was sucked into Ruth's story... then it intersected with Hank's and then Dora's and Alyce's as well. Yes, this book has a strange title. It really has nothing to do with the plot, except at the first when Ruth reports, "The Stevenes' whole house was made of fresh-cut cedar. All of Ray's clothes smelled like cedar, and it made me sneeze when I got close to him, but I got close anyway."

This is a book about place, about home, and where home really is. Alyce lives part of the year on a commercial fishing boat. Hank has to leave home. Ruth leaves home and discovers her family.

The author grew up in Alaska. From reading the blurb about her, I am guessing that this story is pulled from her past. Great read. I will be thinking about this one for a while.

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