Nobodys Family Is Going to Change*

Nobodys Family Is Going to Change*

by Louise Fitzhugh




In the world of children's literature, Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy and The Long Secret are widely recognized as epoch-making. They have been received by young readers, year after year, with excitement and love. The new Fitzhugh novel shares the vigorous sense of comedy and the unflinching fidelity to the real world that distinguished her earlier books. Many readers will feel, however, that Nobody's Family Is Going to Change is even finer than its predecessors.

Willie, seven years old, wants to dance. Emma, his older sister, wants to be a lawyer. Is there something wrong with them? Or is there something wrong with their parents, whose dreams for their children, the ordinary dreams of New York's black middle class, have little to do with what the children want? For Willie won't stop dreaming of the day he will dance with his uncle Dipsey on Broadway, and Emma is determined that someday she will address a courtroom. In this novel, the work of a matchless storyteller , Emma finds an answer for children with families that will not change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374455231
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 09/28/1986
Series: Sunburst Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.29(w) x 7.63(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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Nobodys Family Is Going to Change* 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
SarahEHWilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a hard, harsh, angry book. Fascinating, and touching on awkward things: an upwardly mobile black family, a second generation that can't understand or share the ambitions of the first, a fat girl, violence as an ambiguous tool of revolution, and whispers of homosexuality. It doesn't have the wisdom or resolution of "Harriet the Spy," but it was taking on things not normally addressed in children's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really opened up my eyes. Before, like in the 50`s, woman were expected to be nurses or teachers. But now the options for a females career are unlimited.Emma, me and lots of other people know that. But some people can`t get that through thire thick skulls. These people include Mr.Sheridan. He was not only holding his daughter, who wanted to follow in his footsteps back but he was also preventing his talented son from becoming a dancer. This is a wonderful book which shows childrens independance.Which by the way we have a ton of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly my favorite book. I wish I could give it 6 stars! I have to read this book just about every other year. I love the personalities and wills of the main characters--sister and brother. It's very thoughtful. Although it's quite dated, it's still timely and relevant. The kids in this book are as intelligent, independent, and likeable as Charles Schultz' Peanuts crew! I love it!