Cracker Jackson's in big trouble. Nobody wants to interfere with Billy-Ray and his infamous vicious temper, but Cracker feels he has no choice. He wants to protect Alma, his former babysitter, from her husband, Billy-Ray, even if it means getting hurt. By the author of "The Eighteenth Emergency".Cracker Jackson's in big trouble. Nobody wants to interfere with Billy-Ray and his infamous vicious temper, but Cracker feels he has no choice. He wants to protect Alma, his former babysitter, from her husband, Billy-Ray, even if it means getting hurt. By the author of "The Eighteenth Emergency".Read Less
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A humorous children's book about spouse abuse? Betsy Byars pulls it off with rare sensitivity and understanding of how much a young reader can--and can't--handle. "Cracker" Jackson (nicknamed by his loving babysitter Alma because he's sweet with a surprise, like cracker jacks) has divorced parents but they both love, support, and protect him. It's Alma who marries an abusive man, and when Cracker realizes she's in trouble, he wants to help her. By placing the abuse outside Cracker's immediate family, Byars keeps the violence at a safe distance from the reader yet makes it a significant problem, in part because of Cracker's love for Alma. The story is narrated in first person by Cracker, whose honesty is at times very, very funny. Readers will have no trouble identifying with Cracker and therefore feeling a personal concern for Alma without being overwhelmed. The dynamics are genuine. Alma exhibits many of the characteristics of an abused wife--denial, loyalty, etc.--to Cracker's confusion. The ending is not tidy but is believable, and the conclusion leaves young readers with a sense of hope for the future. Altogether, this is an outstanding treatment of a difficult topic. Highly recommended.
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