After a series of crises, a 16-year-old girl in an English private school learns to take control of her own life.
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When Thomas' English teacher decides that her students will write biographies of one another, Thomas finds himself paired with Elaine, the class outcast. Of course, his friends tease him unmercifully but, predictably, once he gets to know her, he discovers that she is really a nice person. After he reads his biography of Elaine to the class, the popular students decide to befriend her. This thinly plotted story might work as an easy read in spite of its improbable ending, were it not for its incredibly simplistic style. The short, choppy sentences read like something out of a Dick and Jane primer, and the dialogue is stilted and artificial. Even the slowest of readers are likely to feel that Geller is condescending to them. And, should they read far enough, they will be puzzled to find words such as "magnanimous" and "ostentatious" mixed in with an otherwise simple vocabulary. Geller's Raymond (Harper, 1988) is similar in style but fares better because it deals with the highly emotional issue of child abuse. There's just not enough in this story to hold the interest of the book's intended audience. --Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC
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