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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
The screen door was a status symbol in the South back in the '70s. Families took pride in having a nice screen door, and it was symbolic of growing up Down South. Damaging it in any way led to punishment. I liked the life description of eight-year-old Kendrick and his friends in Screen Door by Keith Vann. I appreciated the glimpse into this life and the sweet ways the boys played and teased each other. Their days together at Calvin E. Price Elementary School also was a good way of showing how the boys interacted with one another. It was cute to reminisce about when I was an eight-year-old or when my son was that age, and see which of the games and teasing and conversation topics were all the same, and which were different. Very sweet.
Another scene I liked that brought back good memories for me was the family reunion. Again, this made me reflect back to the family reunions that I attended over the years as a kid, and I could understand and relate to Kendrick's excitement and anticipation. My family has recently reconnected with cousins out of state and it was neat to see my son love on them they way I used to and the way they used to love on me. There is something so sweet and tender and special about family reunions, so this was a welcome addition to the story. Also, it shows a lot about the characters. How they interact with one another, what motivates them, what they miss about the South but love about New York. I think this is an interesting tale of life.