In the Time of Trouble

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Fourteen-year-old Jessie Howells, in her last year at a missionary boarding school in Cameroon, cannot stand her younger sister, Cassie, but becomes Cassie's sole protector when their parents are abducted by Cameroonian rebels.

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Grade 4-8-- Weaver-Gelzer has crafted an intelligent coming-of-age novel, set in Cameroun during its struggle for independence (1955-1960). The protagonist, Jessie, is the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries teaching in a remote region of the country. Throughout the narrative, she struggles with her desire for personal independence and her need for her family's love and support. The setting alternates between the boarding school in Elat that Jessie, her twin brother, and younger sister attend, and the college in Yaounde at which their parents teach. In the few weeks before, during and after Christmas, Jessie grows to better understand herself, her family, her God, and her adopted nation. Revolutionary Cameroun is more than a backdrop: the danger to non-Africans is constant and real. When her parents are mysteriously abducted, Jessie faces a future in which all of her hopes and plans are drastically changed. It is a challenge to her faith and to her strength of character, which the girl successfully faces. The author's acknowledgements include a brief description of the historical context in which she has placed her story. There is also a glossary that includes Bassa and Bulu words, as well as colloquial English terms. --Lucinda Lockwood, Thomas Haney Secondary School, Maple Ridge, BC
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This introspective first novel set in Cameroun, Africa, during its revolution explores the struggles of 14-year-old Jessie Howells, the daughter of two American missionaries. War's harsh realities hit Jessie hard when she hears about the tragedies within an African friend's family and learns that her own parents have been abducted. While the fates of her mother and father remain uncertain, Jessie must act as head of the family, making important decisions for her two siblings as well as for herself. In this impeccably researched book, Weaver-Gelzer does a thorough job examining Jessie's dilemmas, yet the author's awkward pacing and tendency to overwrite decrease the story's emotional impact. While some readers will be content to trace this heroine's inner growth, others may crave more action and less analysis of moral issues. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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