How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else)

How I Saved My Father's Life (and Ruined Everything Else)

by Ann Hood

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Twelve-year-old Madeline believes she can perform miracles. And her biggest one to date is saving her father from an avalanche. But, unmiraculously, he divorces Madeline's mother after his recovery, writes a book about the avalanche, becomes a celebrity, and marries Ava Pomme, a renowned tart maker. When he leaves, Madeline is left with her mother, who is slowly coming undone; her hypochondriac little brother, who spends his days worrying about air-bag safety; a house that is falling apart around her; and no clue how to perform the miracle that will fix it all. Amidst ballet lessons, insufferable recipe experiments for her mother's Family magazine column, and a life-changing trip to Italy, Madeline learns the true meaning of faith and family in this moving novel by acclaimed author Ann Hood.

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ISBN-13: 9780545231688
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,078,204
File size: 218 KB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Ann Hood is the best-selling author of The Red Thread, Comfort, and The Knitting Circle, among other works. She has been the recipient of a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction, and two Pushcart Prizes. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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How I Saved My Father's Life (And Ruined Everything Else) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book that is so wonderfully written, so honest, that you find yourself thinking like the main character sometimes. A must read.
Eynas Jarrar More than 1 year ago
I love reading it more than 1 time! Its so fun to read. :)
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Samantha Callaway More than 1 year ago
this book is really good u should read it! i think u will like it a lot
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mimgirl96 More than 1 year ago
while the others say this book is super, i say the opposite. moving a glass by just thinking of it, is not a miracle!!! how dumb of madeline to think that. and she is so rude to curse her mother and to hate her. the word 'ava pomme' makes me think of a fat lady. i mean, madeline said that ava pomme aka fatty is sophisticated woman. what sophisticated woman makes tarts?!?! appe tarts?!?!? and she's famous for it?!?! and this story doesnt even hav romance (except the adults). urgh!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beyond incredible! Ann Hood is such an amazing writer and her book is so good and so real. Madeline is a character that so many readers will relate to, laugh with, cry with--and travel to Italy with! Her story is funny and sad and so true. And Madeline's struggle to understand her life is so real: her parents who don't understand her, her annoying little brother, her weird friends, and her love of ballet. So many readers will feel like they're reading about their own lives--and will love this book!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Madeline Vandermeer is on her way to becoming a bona fide saint. Oh, she's not religious or anything, and her family never goes to church, but she's already performed two miracles. The first was when she slid a glass of water across the kitchen table by only thinking about it. The second was when somebody called her name in the middle of the night, and she woke up with a terrible premonition that her father, on a writing assignment in Idaho, was in danger. After spending a day deep in prayer, she learned that he was one of only two people to survive an avalanche.

However, after her second miracle, everything else in her life goes downhill. Her father, now rich and famous from his harrowing experience, divorces her mother, moves into a posh apartment in uptown New York, and marries Ava Pomme, a sophisticated woman famous for her apple tarts. Soon, they have their own daughter, and Madeline and her little brother, Cody, are forced to travel between the two parents.

Madeline adores Ava and the feeling of once again being part of a family, if only for a weekend. How different Ava is from her own boring mother, who cooks disgusting food for her cooking column and embarrasses Madeline just by being there. If her mom hadn't been so ordinary, crying and scatterbrained over the simplest things, then maybe Madeline's father would have stayed. Determined to find some solace from her life, Madeline concentrates on ballet and her journey into sainthood, although that journey may not lead where she expects.

I absolutely gobbled up this book. Even though Madeline's treatment of her mother sometimes disgusted me, I found her reactions, opinions, and character flaws to be incredibly lifelike and endearing. Although I am not religious or from a divorced family, I found this book to be most enjoyable, and highly recommend it to any preteen girl.