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House of Dance
by Beth Kephart
Order:  USA  Can
HarperCollins, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

First, Rosie's dad abandoned her and her mother. Now her mother has left her, too, without even moving out of the house. Her mother is obsessed with the married man who owns the window washing business where she works, so she's rarely home and they don't talk when she is.

Rosie's grandfather is dying and she is going to be left again. Rosie is the one who will take care of him during the last summer of his life. She walks across town to visit him daily while her mother stays away, even though she is his only child.

Grandfather shares his memories with Rosie as she cleans and catalogues a lifetime of treasures; including records, a stereo and pieces of trivia she finds in the pages of his books. She places the things he loves most in trust. The trust will be her inheritance.

The old man loves to talk about his wife. Rosie never met her grandmother. She died the year before Rosie was born. Her grandmother dreamed of traveling to faraway places. She could only go in her imagination, so she planned trips and at dinner she shared the details with Rosie's grandfather, as if they'd been there. They both loved music and her grandmother loved to dance. Rosie fixes the old stereo and she and her grandfather share the music they loved.

This quiet book will break your heart, as Rosie plans a special good-bye for her grandfather.

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