Helping families be happy
No. of Pages : 256
ISBN: 9781939629128
Released : 5/20/2014

Going On Nine

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Book Description

A child swipes her mother’s ring, snatches her sister’s nightgown, and runs outside to play "bride." She soon loses the ring, rips the gown, correctly assumes it’s about to rain daggers, and runs away from home to find a “better” family. What happens next is a summer-long journey in which Grace Townsend rides shotgun in a Plymouth Belvedere, and hunkers in the back of a rattletrap vegetable truck, crawls into a crumbling tunnel, dresses up with a prom queen, and keeps vigil in the bedroom of a molestation victim. There are reasons why Grace remembers the summer of 1956 for the rest of her life. Those are just a few.

Through the eyes of a child and the mature woman she becomes, we make the journey with Grace and discover important truths about life, equality, family, and the soul-searching quest for belonging. 

Praise for Going On Nine

“. . . beautifully-written tale of a young girl coming of age in the summer of 1956. Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury’s classic, “Dandelion Wine,” “Going on Nine” takes readers on an unforgettable journey back in time to an era of drinking from garden hoses, catching fireflies in jars, licking cake batter from wooden spoons and enjoying the unbridled freedom to explore the world and all its wonders.”   --The Island Reporter

"Going on Nine brings back those days of freedom for youngsters—and the restrictions related to class and ethnicity. Not much diversity here on the surface . . . but in reality, tremendous differences among families, differences actually much deeper than race and class. I like the way (the author) illustrate(s) these differences."
— Jeanne Warren Lindsay, author of Sunflower Days: Growing Up In Kansas 1929 – 1959

"Fitzpatrick’s high-concept treatment of revisited childhood uses multiple neighborhood households and parallel voices, past and present, sending readers to a community of mid-20th century, Midwestern, middle-class life. It is both intimate as told though the eyes of an almost-nine-year-old girl in the Wise Child tradition of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, but also universal as its reach and powerful insights extend far beyond the confines of these neighbors’ homes. The humor, pathos, and genuinely interesting ‘folks down the street’ make this an engaging read throughout.”
— Whitney Scott, Publisher, Outrider Press

"Catherine paints a wonderful picture of the 1950s through the charm of Grace’s childhood. The wonder of this little girl is that she learns empathy for others through hard lessons. The language, attitudes, and news of the times speckled throughout the story make the era come alive."   
—Genny Zak Kieley, author of Green Stamps to Hot Pants: Growing up in the 50s & 60s

"Going on Nine chronicles a time of great change in America, as seen through the eyes of a young girl trying to make sense of her corner of the world. Charming, engaging, and bursting with colorful characters, this vivid novel will keep you reading long past your bedtime." 
—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of The Lost Summer of Louisa May AlcottIn Need of a Good Wife, and The Island of Doves

"In more than a decade as a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in relationship issues, women’s and adolescent girls’ issues, I’ve witnessed the devastating effects when socially aggressive school girls maintain their status by playing spiteful tricks. In a single powerful, authentic chapter, Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick’s coming-of-age novel shows how the cold-blooded games of a supposed 'friend' up the ante on cruelty, until a tragic twist of fate turns the aggressor into a victim." 
— Dr. Erika Holiday, Psy.D, co-author of Mean GirlsMean Women

"I want my parents to come back to life and read Catherine Fitzpatrick's novel, Going on Nine. Better yet, I want them to have read it before I turned eight and knew for sure that all the other kids' families were nicer and less embarrassing. If my folks read through to the end—and I can't imagine anyone putting it down—they would know that I, like Grace Townsend and a kabillion other kids, learned my lesson after all."
—Judy Bridges, founder of Redbird Studio—A Writer's Place, and author of Shut Up & Write!

"Grace’s journey leads to the inevitable truth that things are not always as they seem. Reading Going on Nine, I found myself yearning for a simpler time when children played outside with abandon, and terrorism wasn’t part of our vocabulary.
Congratulations to Catherine Fitzpatrick on a precise portrayal of Grace and a tightly written remembrance (that) makes you want to click your heels and say, 'There’s no place like home.'”
—Kathleen McElligott, author of Mommy Machine, 2009 National Best Books Awards finalist

"A sweet coming of age story whose heroine confronts life's deepest mysteries with plenty of heart and not a small dose of pluck. Baby boomers will be enthralled, as I was, by Catherine Fitzpatrick's exquisite attention to detail that makes the summer of '56 come alive in the form of an eight-year-old adventuress named Grace Townsend." —Marcy Darin, editor, Prisms of the Soul: Writings from a Sisterhood of Faith


About the Author

Catherine Fitzpatrick
In September of 2001, Catherine was in Manhattan to cover New York Fashion Week. At first word of the terrorist attacks, she rushed to Ground Zero and filed award-winning eyewitness reports. An accoun...

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