Written by Helen Hemphill
Wednesday, 28 February 2007 19:00
Runaround (Front Street)
Author: Helen Hemphill
Publication Date: March 1, 2007
Middle grade, 10+
"Deft comic pacing and snappy dialogue make this a gem of Southern storytelling. Hemphill is a strong new voice in children's literature. A fine follow-up to her excellent debut, Long Gone Daddy."
Sassy spoke louder than she meant to. "I just want to know about boys! I don’t have a mama to talk to! How else am I going to find out things if nobody tells me?" Everything eleven-year-old Sassy knows about love comes from romance magazines. But now that she has her eye on her handsome neighbor, Boon, she wants more details. Only nobody will talk to her, not her widowed father or her never-married housekeeper or, worst of all, her gorgeous sister, Lula, who has more boyfriends than she can shake a stick at. When Lula sets up Sassy for an embarrassing moment, Sassy vows revenge: she will make Boon her boyfriend and show Lula a thing or two in the process.