An Early Winter

Tim is distressed to learn that his mom, new stepfather, and grandmother are sure Granddad has Alzheimer's disease. Refusing to accept the possibility that they may be right, Tim persuades Granddad to run away with him on a fishing trip, convinced this will prove that Granddad is still capable of taking care of himself. But on the way to the lake, Granddad keeps forgetting things: their equipment, the soft drinks, even how to make change at the roadside store. When Granddad can't get them out of a dangerous situation on the water but instead makes the problem worse, Tim finally realizes his grandfather has changed . . . but his awareness may have come too late. Well-developed characters and page-turning suspense ensure that this riveting yet poignant novel will hold readers captive.

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547562926

  • ISBN-10: 0547562926

  • Pages: 128

  • Price: $10.99

  • Publication Date: 08/23/1999

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 730L

Marion Dane Bauer
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Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer has written more than one hundred children's books, including picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, and novels. She won a Newbery Honor for On My Honor, a middle grade coming-of-age story. She lives in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. www.mariondanebauer.com.
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    "Granddad has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, and preteen grandson Tim is deep in denial, attributing the memory losses, confusion, and erratic outbursts of temper to simple old age and pressure from unsympathetic family members. . . . A rosy conclusion just isn't possible, but readers will find comfort in the assurance that Granddad has the unconditional love and support of his family." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    Tim has ferociously denied that anything is wrong with his beloved grandfather, but he quickly learns otherwise on a clandestine fishing trip. Although his grandfather exhibits flashes of his old self, he can't make change at the bait store, forgets to pack fresh water or a net, and experiences sudden, frightening mood changes. Worst of all, he keeps withdrawing into an eerie, silent helplessness, and finally walks off into the night, abandoning Tim and the camper. Bauer leaves out pointed lectures and clinical information about the disease to focus on its emotional impact on the victim and those around him....Tim's experience with his grandfather may convince readers with Alzheimer's-stricken relatives that denial serves no purpose, and that the only response may be to surround the victim with loving, responsible family.

    Kirkus Reviews

    "With its humane, complicated characters, this makes a good choice for discussion." Booklist, ALA

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  • Format: eBook

  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547562926

  • ISBN-10: 0547562926

  • Pages: 128

  • Price: $10.99

  • Publication Date: 08/23/1999

  • Age(s): 10,11,12

  • Grade(s): 5-7

  • Reading Level:

    • Lexile Reading Level 730L

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