Grandmother's House Author:Janet LaPierre Thirteen-year-old Petey Birdsong is as big as a man and he knows where he belongs: in the house his Finnish great-grandfather built on California's beautiful northern coast. — Unfortunately for Petey, the house sits on a developer's dream piece of real estate. Many of Petey's neighbors welcome the big-money offers, mentally banking their wind-fa... more »ll profits. They don't want to hear Petey's plea that home is more than its dollar value. But Petey's house is part of him, and he's not about to give up without a fight.
Charlotte Birdsong, Pete's mother, is a nomad at hear, happy anywhere as long as there's room for her Steinway grand piano. She's not a fighter herself, but she's determined to defend Petey's heritage. She's all the army he has.
But Charlotte doesn't want Petey to break the law, and she doesn't want any part of violence. When her basement apartment tenant, policeman Val Kuisma, warns that a local group is fighting development with leaflets, disruptions, destruction of equipment and possibly even arson, Charlotte is worried.
No one will admit to knowing who these people are, but one of their leaflets turns up in Charlotte's mailbox, and she's distressed to find another in Petey's room.
Even worse, Kuisma and his boss, Chief Vince Gutierrez, fear that anti-development passion may have already led to kidnapping and even murder.
Grandmother's House is about a boy without a father trying to learn to be a man; about people with intensely held beliefs who think commitment exempts them from rules or blame; and about a need for belonging. It confirms author Janet LaPierre's reputation as an author of subtlety and power.« less