Solace of the Road
by Dowd, Siobhan
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Publishers Weekly Dowd's final novel (the author died of cancer in 2007) is a compelling psychological portrait of a girl's journey from denial to facing the facts that will let her move beyond her troubled past. Holly Hogan, 14, has been a ward of the state for most of her life. She is finally placed with foster parents Fiona and Ray, but is suspicious, unable to believe anyone would be interested in a "delinquent care-babe with a cracked up past." Then she finds a blonde wig Fiona wore while recovering from chemotherapy, which transforms Holly's looks-and confidence. At first opportunity, she dons the wig, renames herself "Solace" and hits the road, intent on reaching Ireland, where she thinks her mother fled nine years earlier. Considerable tension is derived from the precarious situations Holly puts herself in-hitching rides, leaving a nightclub with a stranger, hiding in the back of a wagon on a ferry-but the real tightrope she's walking is along the slippery thread of memory. Readers will root for her to find her balance and arrive safely at the right destination. Ages 14-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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