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Having been expelled from her home in a conservative West Virginia Christian community, thirteen-year-old Glory struggles to survive in a small town and, though ill, attempts to realize her dream of traveling to Boston.
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Grade 5-8-Glory's simple life in the austere religious community of Dogwood, WV, came to an end in Glory (Puffin, 2003), when she and her best friend got drunk and Katie fell through an icy lake and died. Glory, 13, was forced to drink a slow-working poison and then exiled into the unfamiliar modern world. Her only hope was to make it to Boston to live out the fantasies she shared with Katie before the poison claimed her life. Here, she comes to the town of Shadow Tree, where she gets a job in a jewelry shop. When her boss, Becky, offers to take her in, Glory hesitantly accepts. But while she appreciates the warmth, friendship, and security that Becky's family offers her, she can't help but be reminded of the loved ones she has lost. When she learns that Child Welfare is investigating her, she flees to Boston. The big city is even more of a jolt for her. The gravity of her situation sinks in even further when another homeless teen shows her the harsh realities of life on the streets. Readers unfamiliar with the first book are unlikely to pick up Glory's story here. Mediocre writing leaves the protagonist and the supporting characters somewhat bland and unconvincing. While the book holds potential for an interesting plot and character development, that potential is unrealized and Shadow Tree falls flat.
Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
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