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My Life in Dioramas: 04/15/18

My Life in Dioramas

My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando is about learning to cope with unwanted change. Kate Marino loves living in Big Red, her family's converted barn house but the downturn in the economy has knocked too many holes in the family budget and they have to sell the place in order to downsize.

Kate decides to stop her family's move by sabotaging the sale. It's a plot rather like "Run Candace Run" (Phineas and Ferb season 3) where Doofenshmirtz is trying to do everything he can to stop the sale of his building. Unlike him, though, Kate doesn't have a wealthy ex-wife to ask for a last minute loan. Her fate is sealed. What matters here is how she reacts to the upheaval.

In school, Kate's assigned to make a diorama of something important in her life. At first she blows off the assignment but then these little boxes of recreated memories become her way of coping with the uprooting of her life..

Three stars

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Comment #1: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 07:00:16

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Aw a hard thing. Cute cover on this one :)

Comment #2: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 21:51:00


I like the cover too. An illustrated version would be fun to read — if they could get an artist to make all of her dioramas and then photograph them.

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