Saving Grandma

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Berkley Books, 1997 - Fiction - 358 pages
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Calvin Becker's family are good Bible-believing missionaries; it's their duty to spread the Word to everyone they meet. But now they face their greatest spiritual challenge right in their own home: Grandma. Foulmouthed, foul-tempered, and heathen through and through, she's staying in the spare room, recuperating from a broken hip--and making it next to impossible for the Beckers to do the Lord's work.

Calvin's pious mom is determined to save Grandma's soul, even if she's doing it through gritted teeth. His father's spending more and more time in his room, blasting opera records to drown out the old lady's voice. And Calvin wishes things would just get back to normal so he could go on vacation and see his beloved Jennifer.

But now Calvin's starting to understand Grandma a little better--and appreciate her a little more. After all, misery loves company.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

In a sequel to Portofino (1992), Schaeffer offers an uneven, if sweet-natured, comic tale of a boy's struggle for independence from his often-loony missionary family. Fifteen-year-old Calvin Becker is ... Read full review

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With the same humor and warmth that distinguished Portofino (Macmillan, 1992), Schaeffer continues the story of Calvin Becker, his missionary family, and the love his life, Jennifer. No matter how the ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Frank Schaeffer has worked as a director on a number of movies, both theatrical and television. Together with Frank J. Gruber, he also wrote the screenplay for the film version of Portofino. He lives in Massachussetts.

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