Monday, September 1, 2014
‘Livvie Owen Lived Here’ by Sarah Dooley
The family faces their latest eviction after Livvie responds with an outburst to an unexpected sound.
Livvie is determined to return with her family to a house where they used to live, believing they were all happy there.
I sympathized with Livvie, being condemned by strangers, because I shared similar moments.
For the landlord, Janna, with her harsh judgments of “inconsiderate” and “out of control,” substitute a stranger saying that she’d spank me if I were her child or adult relatives calling me “a brat.”
These judgmental strangers only observed my behavior and didn’t care to ask why; they chose not to see that I was tired or hungry and beyond my coping point.
Livvie’s perspective spoke to my own experiences and I could relate with her. And it was a joy to accompany her as she gained insight and maturity.
Readers don’t have to share Livvie’s and my circumstance to relate with her as a character. There’s plenty to respond to, including love and loss and wanting to be happy as a family.
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Subject Classifications (Partial list, via Dewey Decimal System)
- 006.754-Social Media
- 020-Library and Information Science
- 020.92-Cynthia M. Parkhill (Biographical)
- 023.3-Library Workers
- 025.04-Internet Access
- 027.473-Public Libraries
- 027.663-Libraries and people with disabilities
- 027.8-School Libraries
- 028.52-Children's Literature
- 028.535-Young Adult Literature
- 028.7-Information Literacy
- 158.2-Social Intelligence
- 323.30-People with disabilities--Civil rights
- 658.812-Customer Service
- 659.2-Public Relations
- 686.22-Graphic Design
- 809-Literature--Critical Appraisal