Durable Goods is by Elizabeth Berg. A wonderful story of a young girl whose father is career military. Her mother has died, her dad is abusive, her older sister wants to runaway, and Katie must decide what she wants out of life. When her father announces the family is transferring from Texas to Missouri, Katie must decide whether to run away with her old sister and her boyfriend or move with her distant, sometimes violent, father. Set in the early sixties, this is a moving story of growth, pain, loss, and the different ways people deal with grief.
Ratings: 8th grade - 9 out of 10 - AC (some mature thematic content).