Norma Fox Mazer
Harcourt, 2007 (1995)
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Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
essie Wells has always thought of her dad, James Wells, as '
a disappearing dude.
' That's what he did. He disappeared when she was just a baby. The only things she knows about him were told to her by her mother. Jessie came up with the end of her mother's story when she was very little. '
He's a disappearing dude,
' she said so that's how the story always ended thereafter.
essie has a happy life in spite of her dad's desertion. Her family includes Marybeth her mother and Aunt Zis, who moved in to help out after her dad moved on. She has two best friends, Meadow and Diane, who have problems of their own.
ow that she's a teenager, Jessie can't seem to get
the disappearing dude
out of her mind, so she starts to look for him. Her mother is hurt when she finds out. She just can't understand why Jessie would want to see her father when he apparently never wanted to see her.
essie tells her story in first person allowing the reader to follow her reasoning and understand her desire to find the
of her life. Mazer's down-to-earth characters and subplots help keep this frequently used plot fresh, enhanced by the realistic reasons for James Wells' past actions.
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