yourself without a father your whole life, and suddenly you find yourself
sitting next to him at the dinner table. Imagine wishing for something
every day of your life, and one day getting it. I guess people were
right when they told fifteen-year-old Pert Wilson, “Be careful
what you wish for, because it just might come true.”
Kinship is a story about a
fifteen-year-old girl named Pert Wilson. Pert’s father or “daddy,”
as she called him, left her, her mother and her brother many years ago.
There wasn’t a day that went by that Pert didn’t whisper the same message
over and over again, hoping her father would receive the message and come
home. Home. What exactly was home? The tiny community
of trailers that Pert had lived in her whole life was home , but not the
home that Pert longed for. She longed for a home with a daddy.
But one day her daddy shows up and turns the whole trailer park upside
down. This all forces Pert to make important choices, to think about
her family, and to rethink her concept of her kin. So join Pert and
the rest of Homestead Circle Park. For the young, enjoy and relate
to Pert and all the adventures she finds herself in. And for the
old, relive childhood memories, and remember when you too were a Pert Wilson.
Just trying to understand about your life, your family, your friends, and
most importantly, your kin. Read Kinship, byTrudy Krisher.
(Stacey K., 8th grade student, Rundlett Middle School)