The Long Search

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With his Eastern European village under threat of destruction and his grandmother lying ill, twelve-year-old Ion embarks on a search for his parents, who are political prisoners, but becomes swept up in an imminent revolution.

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"Ion felt as though he was living inside a history book," Pullein-Thompson writes of her male protagonist; a history book, however, might be a more compelling read. Set in a generic Eastern European country prior to the revolutions of 1989, the story follows 12-year-old Ion as he seeks his parents, who have been held as political prisoners for the past 10 years. In fact, the "long search" of the title is not very long: Ion finds his parents relatively easily. The promising concept is held down by leaden prose ("I shall be milking the cow from now on, and today your father fetches the other two cows from the cooperative farm and I shall milk them too"); cliches (Grandma is "strong as an ox"); and the language of bad movies (" 'After them,' yelled Christina"). The author attempts, admirably, to give Ion a female role model, but the relationship is woodenly scripted. The most interesting aspect of the story is Ion's resentment of his brother, Donald, who returns to his homeland Westernized. Paradoxically, the lack of individuation here recalls the socialist literary realism that was a product of the very system Pullein-Thompson's characters are rebelling against. Ages 10-14.
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Grade 4-6-The communist government is falling and Romania is in political disarray. Twelve-year-old Ion's grandmother is dying, and he sets off to find his parents, who have been political prisoners since he was two. On his journey, the boy meets a noble and beautiful revolutionary leader who helps him, a corrupt and evil doctor who attempts to turn him over to the police, as well as many other adults who either support or are rebelling against the system. He finds his parents and takes them home, and his uncle arrives from England with medicine, clothes, and food just in time to save his grandmother's life. While Ion's involvement in such exciting events and his daring quest should be intrinsically involving, as a character he is more a symbol than a person. Such statements as "And now he understood why the people shouted freedom so loudly. It was the greatest thing on earth-'Freedom,'" seem to be imposed on the text rather than to fit naturally. The story is subordinate to the message; consequently it fails to be convincing.
Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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