It's a great practical joke.
May is determined to get back to Pete. He's been pulling jokes on
her all her life. And now this is going to be her revenge.
Even though it doesn't go off as planned, it is still great. May
and her sisters are ecstatic as they drive home. But when they get
there, they find their lives changed forever. Their father has had
a heart attack and died in his 1967 Firebird. Now the girls cope
with the loss in their own ways. Brooks quits softball which was
her ticket to a college scholarship. She hangs around with the wrong
kids and drowns her sorrow in drink. Palmer, the youngest of the
three, loses herself in her softball workouts and television. And
May tries her best to keep the family going. Will the girls find
what they need to come to terms with their loss?
May, Brooks, and Palmer Gold
are very close sisters and know everything about each other. Suddenly
tragic strikes their family, at nearly the end of their great summer.
Their father is dead. By the next summer, they sisters hardly know
each other anymore. Their family is becoming more distant from each
other and they are broke. What else could go wrong? Brooks is getting
into all sorts of trouble and has given up her dream she has been after
all of her life. May struggles to take care of the family, while
somehow receiving her driver's license. Palmer hardly talks to anyone.
The only thing that can bring them together again is the key to their father's
Pontiac Firebird. Could their father's car bring them back together
again? The Key to the Golden Firebird is a realistic fiction novel written
by Maureen Johnson and is a great read for grades 6-8. (Anna H., student)