Sophy fears that she will become like her older sister Nicole who has schizophrenia.
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Grade 7 Up?In a first-person narrative, 14-year-old Sophy reveals the impact of her 24-year-old sister Nicole's schizophrenia on the lives of those who love her and Nicole's own pain whenever "the whispers" return. During some of these times, the young woman simply disappears?once for three months and most recently for six and a half days. Other times she is hospitalized. Sophy feels powerless to help her. Aunt Shirley, who has raised the girls since their parents died in a car crash, accepts that it is always going to be the way it is and that everyone can only do so much. What her aunt doesn't understand is Sophy's unspoken fear that she will end up like her sister. Unexpectedly, it is Nicole who helps Sophy face her fear and move on towards a promising future. The talented teen also receives support from her elderly neighbor, Miss Onyx, who encourages her to pursue her dream of becoming a dancer. Each of Johnson's characters shows the frailty and strength of the human spirit. There are no easy answers for Sophy and her family. Questions about some of the events and images that the characters evoke and struggle with will remain with readers long after they finish this slim book. Because of the complexity of the story line and the author's stream of consciousness style, however, this novel may have a limited audience.?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
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Gr. 8-12. Far from a simplistic problem novel, this is a bleak contemporary story of suffering, lit with the hope of people who take care of each other in the storm. Sophy, 14, tells it in a present-tense poetic voice. She's a gifted dancer, a student at Cleveland's performing arts school. But the center of her life is her older sister, Nicole, who has been schizophrenic since the age of 14, the same age that Sophie is now. Sophie's love for her sister is unconditional, and the responsibility is overwhelming. Is the new medicine working? Is Nicole taking the medicine? Will she suddenly hear those whispering voices again and wander off to live in a dumpster for days? How long will she be in City Hospital this time? But the most terrifying question of all nearly imprisons Sophy: what if she herself is losing her mind? Some of the supportive characters are too perfect, including a saintly Holocaust survivor and Nicole's sweet boyfriend, and the depressing aspects of the story will not be for every reader. As in Johnson's acclaimed Toning the Sweep (1993), what's convincing here is the sense of a strong teenager sustained by family and community. Hazel Rochman
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Book Description Scholastic Inc., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0531068986
Book Description Scholastic Inc., 1995. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0531068986