Cecil in space / Sid Hite.

Seventeen-year-old Cecil tries to help his best friend Isaac, who is under suspicion of having vandalized the welcome sign at the edge of their small Virginia town, and pursues his interest in Isaac's sister Isabel.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hite, Sid.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Holt, c1999.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Striking a happy medium between the folkish tone of his Dither series and the more down-to-earth style of An Even Break, Hite lightheartedly depicts small-town life as experienced by 17-year-old Cecil Rowe. The plot, leisurely revolving around the desecration of a town's "welcome" sign, is less pertinent than the characters colorfully populating Bricksburg, Va., "a boring little village set down in the middle of nowhere." In Cecil's clique, there is best friend Isaac, accused of tampering with the sign; Isaac's 16-year-old sister, Isabel, whom Cecil views differently now that she's "grown"; fickle Ariel Crisp ("Snob or no snob, Ariel Crisp is the best-looking young woman in King County"); Virgil Spintz, who seems to have pointed the finger at Isaac; and Pauley Harrington, who has been downcast ever since the disappearance of his dog. The adults are kept to a lower profile, but they, like Cecil, are offbeat. For the most part, the novel presents a slice of summer life, when hearts are fluttering as fast as the crickets are chirping and everyone is looking for a way to escape boredom and heat; but this wouldn't be a Hite novel if there wasn't a little philosophical musing along the way. Cecil, well versed in psychology and astronomy, marvels over theories of time, space, black holes, schizophrenia and his placement in the universe during quiet moments. While parodying ordinary foibles, the author conveys his deep affection for people and their quirks. This addition to his repertoire could well win him new fans. Ages 11-14. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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