No Alligators in Sight
When 13-year-old Lettie is caught shoplifting, her father sends both her and her younger brother to live with their estranged mother for the summer as punishment. Their mother Gertrude, who left the family when her children were very young, is now living in Florida and married to control-freak Orlando. It’s a recipe for disaster as the head-strong Lettie clashes with both adults, all the while struggling to figure out where she fits in as a teen who’s much too old for her age. Although the novel starts out slow, Lettie’s journey as a character is well-developed, and should appeal to fans of realism and coming-of-age fiction. Recommended for Ages 14-16.