Nancy Garden Lark in the Morning

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Lark in the Morning

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Seventeen-year-old Gillian, finding that the thieves who broke into her family's vacation house are two young runaways terrified of being sent back to their abusive parents, decides to help them hide out from the authorities

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A gay teenager hides two runaways while trying to help the more disturbed youngster find a reason to live. Even before she takes on Lark and her brother Jackie, Gillian Harrison is having trouble managing the fact that she's gay, hasn't told her close-knit family, and will soon be leaving her beloved Suzanne to go to Oregon State. But when she finds two kids camping out in an old hut and living by stealing food and blankets from summer cottages, she can't bring herself to report them: they've already been betrayed too often, especially by their own abusive father. Still, helping them poses risks: Lark, a mercurial, intense 15-year-old, plans to commit suicide as soon as Jackie is safely housed with their aunt. When Gillian leaves a note for her already-worried family--they have no idea why she has been so secretive and unlike herself--and drives the two to New Hampshire, she's terrified that she isn't doing what's best. Like Lisa and Annie in Garden's Annie on My Mind (1982), Suzanne and Gillian are likable girls trying to deal responsibly with their sexual preference. Here, their story is almost a backdrop to Lark and Jackie's tale--or would be, except that theirs isn't entirely in the foreground either. Nevertheless: an involving, smoothly written novel with believable characters and engrossing issues. (Fiction. 12-15) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Grade 7-10 --Gillian Harrison , 17 , is looking forward to her sixth consecutive quiet summer in Pookatasset, Rhode Island with her parents. Things take an unexpected turn when they find that their cabin has been broken into, although the thieves have taken only food and household needs. When Gillian discovers that her diary, with revelations about being in love with her best friend, is among the missing items, she worries about who the thieves might be and what they might do with the diary. She discovers that the culprit is a suicidal young girl and her five-year-old brother who have fled their abusive alcoholic father and are trying to reach their aunt's home in New Hampshire. By interweaving the issues of child abuse, suicide, runaways, and homosexuality with ethical questions regarding helping "outlaws" and lying to family and friends in order to protect others, Garden offers readers much food for thought. Even the inconsistent credibility of the story reinforces the ideas that there are often many ways to handle a situation, that mistakes are often made along the way, and that it is difficult to untangle a web once it has begun. Many readers will question the resolution of the problems, but few will escape personal reflection while reading this novel. --Dona Weisman, Northeast Texas Library System, Garland
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