The Kingdom of Childhood

The Kingdom of Childhood

Large Print - 2012
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The Kingdom of Childhood is the story of a boy and a woman: sixteen-year-old Zach Patterson, uprooted and struggling to reconcile his knowledge of his mother's extramarital affair, and Judy McFarland, a kindergarten teacher watching her family unravel before her eyes. Thrown together to organize a fundraiser for their failing private school and bonded by loneliness, they begin an affair that at first thrills, then corrupts each of them. Judy sees in Zach the elements of a young man she loved as a child, but what Zach does not realize is that their relationship is -- for Judy -- only the latest in a lifetime of disturbing secrets.

An emotionally tense, increasingly chilling work of fiction set in the controversial Waldorf school community, The Kingdom of Childhood is equal parts enchanting and unsettling and is sure to be a much-discussed and much-debated novel.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Large Print, 2012, c2011
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781611733105
Branch Call Number: LP COLE
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 23 cm

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Mary43 Oct 31, 2011

Certainly did portray seduction by a child abuser. A story of alternative education and a community around it. Well enough written that I was intrigued from the start to the end, even though the subject is not all that interesting. A disappointing ending, at least for me.

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