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Fiction Ages 8-12
Pages: 176
Themes: family, grandmother, grandparents
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2001
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Everything is going well in eleven-year-old Annie's ordered life—until she finds out that her ailing grandmother is coming to live with the family. A virtual stranger, her grandmother takes over Annie's room, smokes in the house, runs her mother ragged and turns Annie's whole world on end. Annie fights to stay afloat as her problems, both at home and at school, multiply.

In an attempt to help her cope with the changes, Annie's parents enroll her in a local genealogical society where she grudgingly embarks on a journey to learn her family tree. In the process she discovers not only that her grandmother has a wealth of knowledge and stories about their shared family history, but that she was not always the angry old woman she seems to be.

A humorous, fast-paced story that approaches a difficult subject in a novel way, The Gramma War will speak to all children who haven't had the chance to get to know their grandparents, and who sometimes wonder at life's fairness. In a time when extended families are spread around the globe and family ties are ever more tenuous, The Gramma War shows that we need to embrace the family experience, with all its blemishes.

Booklist - October 1, 2001
"Offers a readable story about three generations living together and not always harmoniously."
School Library Journal - October 1, 2001
"A heartwarming story about change in a young person's life and how she handles it with the love and support of her family."
Resource Links - October 1, 2001
"Will likely appeal to families dealing with agins grandparents; it represents a middle-class family going through an extremely difficult experience, and is honest about their range of emotions."
CM Magazine - June 22, 2001
"Butcher has undertaken a difficult subject on which only a few children's authors have written powerfully... there is no doubt that the story will evoke much discussion in a class or literature circles."
Quill & Quire - June 1, 2001
"Most successful in evoking Annie's conflicted feelings."

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CCBC Our Choice  | 2002 | Commended
Chocolate Lily nominee  | 2003 | Short-listed
CLA Book of the Year for Children nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
IODE Violet Downey Book Award nominee  | 2002 | Short-listed
OLA Best Bets  | 2001 | Commended
Red Cedar nominee  | 2004 | Short-listed

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