What Happened On Planet Kid
By Jane Leslie Conly
(Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Hardcover, 9780805060652, 160pp.)
Publication Date: May 2000
Categories: Social Issues - General
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A moving story of the strength and fragility of children in difficult situations, and of the power of imagination.
Twelve-year-old Dawn is spending the summer on her aunt and uncle's farm while her mother recovers from a serious operation at home in Washington, D.C. Life in the country is very different from what Dawn is used to. She spends most of her free time practicing her curve ball and hanging out with Charlotte, who lives down the road. Together, the girls create an imaginary world: Planet Kid. It is special place, their own private hideaway, and no one else is allowed in without an invitation.
As one seemingly carefree summer day rolls into another, however, the world of adults threatens to intrude. Issues of race, as well as Dawn's fears about her mother's illness, rise to the surface. Worst of all, Dawn begins to suspect that Charlotte's father is not merely strict with his family, but abusive. When Planet Kid is no longer a refuge, where can they turn?
Jane Leslie Conly is a best-selling author whose works are continually met with the highest literary praise. Among her books are the critically acclaimed Trout Summer (an ALA Notable and Best Book for Young Adults), and While No One Was Watching. She is also the author of the Newbery Honor book, Crazy Lady!, as well as Racso and the Rats of NIMH, which was a sequel to the Newbery Medal winner written by her father, Robert C. O'Brien.