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Book Title: Rabble Starkey|
The author of the book: Lois Lowry
Edition: Doubleday Books
The size of the: 978 KB
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Date of issue: August 1st 1988
ISBN 13: 9780440800149
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A powerful, thoughtful middle-grades novel which questions: what makes a family? Rabble Starkey and her mother live with the well-to-do Bigelows because Rabble's mother is their live-in housekeeper/nanny. For the first two years of his life, the youngest Bigelow, four-year-old Gunther, actually lived right with the Starkeys in their one-room apartment over the Bigelows' garage, so that in terms of time spent together, Rabble has as much claim to being his big sister as does his actual sister, Veronica. Rabble and Veronica are best friends, the kind of friendship that is tested by, but survives, the trials of boys and school. When Veronica and Gunther's mother is sent away to a mental institution, the Starkeys become even more enmeshed in the Bigelows' lives. Rabble's loves feeling that she belongs. She and Veronica are practically sisters. Then comes the news that Mrs. Bigelow is returning home.
The premise is a little contrived (particularly the depiction of mental illness) but it is generally treated with enough weight and thoughtfulness to work. I like the way big events are woven in with very small ones, to show that they belong to the same plane of reality.
(view spoiler)[The ending, in which Rabble and her mom move on and allow the Bigelow family to come together on their own, is bittersweet. At first I felt that it undercut the rest of the book, which seemed to be saying that you don't have to be a perfect blood-related nuclear family, as long as there's love. The Bigelow/Starkey unconventional arrangement seemed to work very well for 5 years (and not just when Mrs. Bigelow is gone; she is there for most of it); the love between the families was real. But the more I thought about it, the more I liked the ending. For Rabble, the Bigelows are the only extended family she knows, but for Sweet-Ho, her standing with the Bigelows is not just surrogate family--it never was--it's also her employment. Her choice to leave and chase bigger dreams is a triumphant. The fact that she's going to college is a reminder that even those perfect blood-related nuclear families don't go on the same forever. At some point, someone goes away to college. Someone leaves to form a new family. People die, or go away. Just because something ends doesn't mean it wasn't real and special for awhile there. (hide spoiler)]
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"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always seemed to have their heads under the raised hood of a car. That left me in-between, and exactly where I wanted most to be: on my own. I was a solitary child who lived in the world of books and my own vivid imagination.
Because my father was a career military officer - an Army dentist - I lived all over the world. I was born in Hawaii, moved from there to New York, spent the years of World War II in my mother’s hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and from there went to Tokyo when I was eleven. High school was back in New York City, but by the time I went to college (Brown University in Rhode Island), my family was living in Washington, D.C.
I married young. I had just turned nineteen - just finished my sophomore year in college - when I married a Naval officer and continued the odyssey that military life requires. California. Connecticut (a daughter born there). Florida (a son). South Carolina. Finally Cambridge, Massachusetts, when my husband left the service and entered Harvard Law School (another daughter; another son) and then to Maine - by now with four children under the age of five in tow. My children grew up in Maine. So did I. I returned to college at the University of Southern Maine, got my degree, went to graduate school, and finally began to write professionally, the thing I had dreamed of doing since those childhood years when I had endlessly scribbled stories and poems in notebooks.
After my marriage ended in 1977, when I was forty, I settled into the life I have lived ever since. Today I am back in Cambridge, Massachusetts, living and writing in a house dominated by a very shaggy Tibetan Terrier named Bandit. For a change of scenery Martin and I spend time in Maine, where we have an old (it was built in 1768!) farmhouse on top of a hill. In Maine I garden, feed birds, entertain friends, and read...
My books have varied in content and style. Yet it seems that all of them deal, essentially, with the same general theme: the importance of human connections. A Summer to Die, my first book, was a highly fictionalized retelling of the early death of my sister, and of the effect of such a loss on a family. Number the Stars, set in a different culture and era, tells the same story: that of the role that we humans play in the lives of our fellow beings.
The Giver - and Gathering Blue, and the newest in the trilogy: Messenger - take place against the background of very different cultures and times. Though all three are broader in scope than my earlier books, they nonetheless speak to the same concern: the vital need of people to be aware of their interdependence, not only with each other, but with the world and its environment.
My older son was a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force. His death in the cockpit of a warplane tore away a piece of my world. But it left me, too, with a wish to honor him by joining the many others trying to find a way to end conflict on this very fragile earth.
I am a grandmother now. For my own grandchildren - and for all those of their generation - I try, through writing, to convey my passionate awareness that we live intertwined on this planet and that our future depends upon our caring more, and doing more, for one another."
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