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Out of Reach (original 2003; edition 2008)

by V. M. Jones

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Title:Out of Reach
Authors:V. M. Jones
Info:Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2008), Hardcover, 264 pages
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Juggling with Mandarins by V. M. Jones (2003)

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In her second children’s novel, the award-winning author carefully portrays a young boy’s struggle against the overpowering influence of his ambitious father. The first-person narrator Pip (named after a Charles Dickens character by his mother) knows he is different from his older brother Nick, an ace footballer. As much as Pip would like to win his father’s respect, he abhors his competitive attitude towards sport. This summer, the quiet boy sets himself a new goal: He learns how to juggle. With great determination, he manages to juggle not only a few mandarins but also, metaphorically, his emotions, relationships, and life’s ups and downs. In the end, he also finds the strength to confront and make peace with his father. (11+)
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Pressured by his aggressively competitive father to play soccer, teenaged Pip McLeod secretly pursues a sport that he truly enjoys--indoor rock climbing.

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