Retrieving a Childhood

My Year with Sammy by Libby Sommer Ginninderra Press, 2015, 138 pages, $22.50 My Year with Sammy is the story of a free-spirited little girl whose behavioural problems are causing anguish to those close to her. Sammy’s pain, expressed mainly through anger, leads her single mother on a wild dance to find some sort of a solution. The grandmother, as narrator, bears witness. The passion and heartache of grandparenting are a central theme from the beginning. Other topical themes are set up in the first part. Split families, child behavioural problems, “modern” childhood disorders, such as dyslexia, ADHD, Aspergers and…

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