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Kornblatt, Marc.
New York : M.K. McElderry Books, 2003.
IL 3-6, RL 5.1
ISBN 0689846398
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Imagine that you’ve just finished 4th grade and you’re looking forward to summer when you learn that your parents are sending you away for the entire summer.For Henry in Izzy’s Place by Marc Kornblatt, this is exactly what is happening.Henry’s parents are making him pack up and leave their home in New Jersey to spend the summer with his grandmother in Indiana. He would have preferred almost anything other than spending the summer with his grandmother.But Henry’s parents think it is best for Henry to be away from them for awhile since they seem only to argue most of the time.The arguing and fighting between his parents have caused Henry problems---he couldn’t cope with it so they sent him to see a psychologist.Now the psychologist agrees that Henry should give his parents some time to work things out.And besides, he knows that Grandma Martha needs company now that Grandpa Jay has died.

And that’s part of the problem.When Henry was younger, he always enjoyed staying with his grandparents, but that was when Grandpa Jay was still alive.Grandpa was always fun and liked adventure. Now, things are not the same at home or at his grandparents’ house.But Henry finally lets the matter drop.His going to Grandma Martha’s is one of the few things his parents have agreed about in months.

Of course, when he gets to Grandma’s he is totally irritated that she treats him like a baby and that there are no kids his own age.His parents promised that he could go to the YMCA day camp while he stayed with Grandma, but the camp already has full enrollment.So what’s he suppose to do all day…. and all summer?His life seems on a downward spiral with the uncertainty of his parents’ relationship and a summer with randma.But, little does he know, this summer may just be the best one ever.Things begin to change when he meets Grandma’s older next-door neighbor who just happens to have sorrows and needs greater than Henry’s.Read Izzy’s Place by Marc Kornblatt to find out what happens in this very special summer.  Oklahoma Sequoyah Children’s Book Award nominee, 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Family problems -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Grandparents -- Fiction.
                        Indiana -- Fiction.


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