DIVerse Families
 
Itch

Title

Itch

Publisher

Henry Holt and Company

Pages

240 pages

Publication Year

2008

ISBN

9780805080834

Genre

historical

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Legal guardianship; Family violence; death of a grandfather; grandmother raising grandchild; abused child; abusive mother

Annotation

In 1968, after the death of her beloved Gramps, Delores "Itch" Colchester and her grandmother move from Florida to an Ohio trailer park, where she meets new people and, when she learns that a friend is being abused by her mother, tries her best to emulate her plain-spoken grandfather.

Grade Level

3-5; 6-8

Family Formation

multi-generational

Main Character

girl

Diversity Impact

direct

Race/Ethnicities

White

Awards

Children's Catalog Supplement to Nineteenth Edition, 2009; Middle and Junior High Schoool Library Catalog, Ninth Edition Supplement 2008, 2008; Sequoyah Book Award, 2010-2011; Nominee; William Allen White Children's Book Award, 2010-2011; Master List; The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection; Cybils Awards, 2008, Finalist, Middle Grade Novels; IRA Children's and Young Adults' Book Award, 2009, Notable Book, Primary Fiction

Keywords

child abuse; mothers; friendship; schools; Ohio; Florida; trailer; dancing; lying

Item Type

Fiction

Format

novel

Itch

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