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#6902713 in Books Front Street Press 2008-04-01Original language:EnglishPDF # 1 .90 x 6.00 x 8.56l, .89 #File Name: 1590785452236 pages | File size: 58.Mb Mariken Jongman : Rits before purchasing it in order to gage whether or not it would be worth my time, and all praised Rits:

A charming and highly comic debut novel about learning to overcome obstacles.Thirteen-year-old Rits has been left in the lurch by his parents. His mother has entered an institution, and his father is traveling with his new girlfriend. Dumped with his couchpotato bachelor uncle, there is nothing for Rits to do but write in his diary, dream up films he


can make with his video camera, and worry. He worries especially about how to keep his parents' whereabouts secret and how to diagnose his strange pains. Rits meets Rita, a girl his own age, who says she can help him make films, which leads to Rits getting a job as a wedding cameraman. He also worries about what will happen when his father comes home. Will Rits have to live with him and his new girlfriend? What happens if his mother hasn't finished "resting" in time? Written in diary form, this is a story about growing up, about overcoming emotional problems, and about coping with parental breakup. From School Library JournalGrade 68Rits, 13, is left with an uncle he barely knows when his father leaves the country with a new girlfriend and his mother institutionalizes herself after her marriage disintegrates. Rits makes good use of his new journal to explore his feelings and experiences, and he hopes to get into movie-making with the video camera that was also a birthday gift. A summer spent watching his unemployed uncle enjoy his fishing magazines, television, and weekly trips to the bar looms dreadfully until Rits meets Rita, who soon has him involved with her father, her extended family, and her friends. He is a plucky and likable character who demonstrates resourcefulness in improving his situation through cooking decent meals, getting his uncle out of the house on a blind date and a job hunt, learning about video techniques, and connecting with others. Self-talk in his journal and growing independence seem to contribute to Rits's ability to get by, even with parents who have let him down and struggle themselves. The boy's life is unlikely to hold widespread fascination for most readers due to mediocre storytelling and insufficient action, but those with a personal stake in surviving a parental breakup or breakdown will certainly empathize with the stomach pains and "sagging brain" that can accompany children's powerlessness in such situations. Those in need of targeted bibliotherapy might benefit from one boy's determination to deal with challenges.Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From BooklistRits has serious problems: his mother has been institutionalized, and his father has abandoned the familyfor a girlfriend. Rits now lives with his uncle, who rouses from laziness only to verbally abuse poor Rits. The premise may be melodramatic, but the execution isnt. We see all these traumas unfolding through the eyes ofa funny and resilient and believably oblivious 13-year-oldkid, who may desperately want life to return to normal butwhos also making friends and thinking about girls. Indeed, for all the misfortune that befalls Rits, the center of this book is not those traumas but a wonderfully drawn friendship between Rits and an impulsive neighbor girl. This first novel, translated from the Dutch, takes the form of a diary, and though theformat is too often exploited to keep plot details from the reader (Rits gets hand cramps at a number of convenient times),his voice transcends the awkwardness with its utter believability, making for a quietly funny and heartfelt story. Grades 7-9. --John Green Boeke's smooth translation combines with Rits's vulnerability and lovable voice to allow this fictional journal to transcend cultures. Despite the stress, the boy's honest and often amusing depictions of his feelings and observations will leave readers smiling. --Kirkus s

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