Mildred Ames Who Will Speak for the Lamb?

ISBN 13: 9780060201111

Who Will Speak for the Lamb?

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Although at first antagonistic to one another, high school senior and former model Julie and college freshman Jeff find their mutual interest in an activist group fighting for animal rights gives both of them a chance to become individuals in the shadow of domineering mothers.

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After suffering a nervous breakdown, famous teen model Julie moves to California to attend high school as a "normal" senior. But on her first day of school, she gets pulled into a demonstration for animal rights by classmate Laura and her older brother Jeff, which gains her the public attention she desperately wants to avoid. Julie takes her first faltering steps away from her mother's domination by becoming friends with Laura (who fills her in on the animal rights movement), and by paying Jeff to teach her to drive. Julie and Jeff warm up to each other, and discover that they have a lot in common. Their mothers have plans for them contrary to their wishes, and by story's end, both must make a stand for independence. At its best, Ames's ( Conjuring Summer In ) book engagingly depicts a budding relationship while emphasizing the need for young adults, at some point, to follow their own paths. The book's message about the horrors of "scientific" experimentation on animals is occasionally heavy-handed and intrusive, and secondary characters are painted with too broad a brush. Ages 13-up.
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Grade 6-9-- Julie Peters, a former New York teen model, hopes that her family's move to California will mean a chance for her to escape from her mother's manipulations and begin to live her own life. The first friends she makes in high school, Jeff and Laura, are animal rights activists. Ames leaves readers in no doubt about the parallel that she is drawing between Julie as a victim of her mother's ambition and animals as victims of our society which tortures them in the guise of research. The book's prologue is a graphic description of a lamb being slaughtered in a high-school science class. The situation is furthered loaded when it is revealed that Julie's father is a scientist who does deprivation experiments on infant monkeys. Readers will enjoy the modeling career details, sympathize with Julie's determination to find herself, and even have their consciousness raised in the matter of animal research, but the story as a whole is not satisfying because plot and character development are subordinate to the book's message. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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