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Barkley, Brad. 
New York : Dutton Books, 2006
ISBN 0525477608
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What do you do when your mother decides to find herself?  Calliope’s idyllic life with a father and a mother comes to a swift end when her mother decides to live a carefree life traveling from one small town after another to perform as a wench in Renaissance Faires.  Every time they move, Calliope’s  life belongings have to fit in one duffel bag and a small box. Her mother’s jewelry, that she makes and sells, takes up the rest of the room in their two-door Datsun hatchback.

What do you do when your father finds Jesus?  Eliot also has a carefree life living on the Carolina coast, until his father finds religion. Then his father drags him and his mother to the woods of Asheville, North Carolina to start a Fat Camp based on the motto, “What Would Jesus Eat?” Eliot at least can pursue his secret hobby of making beauty. Fireworks.  Thunderbolts, Peacock Plumes, Rosebuds. Serpents, Creepers, Whirlwinds, etc.  But this often involves sneaking off in the family van to make his pickup of the illegal explosives that he has had shipped across state lines.

What do you do when you meet a person who has a parent as crazy as yours?  Calliope and Eliot feel an immediate connection.  Together they can face their isolation, the threat of another move, and the deepening of their respective parents’ craziness.  And maybe, they can even find love. (Mary M. Silgals, Trident Academy, for South Carolina Young Adult Book Awards, 2008-2009)

SUBJECTS:     Family problems -- Fiction.
                         Love -- Fiction.
                         Fairs -- Fiction.
                         Asheville (N.C.) -- Fiction.

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