Clayton Bess The Mayday Rampage

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The Mayday Rampage

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High school journalists Jess and Molly create an upheaval at school and in their community as they strive to write and publish a series of frank articles about AIDS for their school newspaper

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In perhaps no other YA novel to date has the topic of AIDS been dealt with as graphically and thoroughly as in this timely book by the author of Tracks and Bic Man and the Burnout. Structured in the vein of Paul Zindel's The Pigman , with two teens chronicling events which have led to a major crisis in their lives, the story begins with seniors Molly and Jess telling how they decided to write a series of articles on the HIV virus for their school newspaper. The young journalists set out to research their topic by interviewing several people in their community, including medical professionals, a prostitute and the mother of a five-year-old AIDS victim. The devastating effects of the disease become even more immediate when the pair learns that the housemate of a favorite teacher has contracted the virus. Although the protagonists' mutual attraction borders on over-cuteness, their dialogues for the most part are compelling and true-to-life. Besides dramatizing the impact of the AIDS epidemic on a high school population, Bess provides facts and statistics which may shock uninformed readers. Most hard-hitting of all is his epilogue, which traces the growth of the disease and reveals the sad, ironic fates of the two students. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

Gr 9 Up-- Molly and Jess , crusading reporters from the Broder High School Rampage, are determined to inform the student body about AIDS. This book tells about their experiences and is written in the form of their taped reminiscences about the explosive events that follow the publication of their stories. Their landing fast in the epilogue; Jess marries her so she can have health insurance. Molly and Jess are endearing and true-to-life characters, but the plot is largely a series of events into which clinically detailed and graphic lessons guage is explicit, and an uproar ensues: forced apologies, suspensions, expulsion for Jess, departure of the principal, and disaster for a gay teacher. Molly has contracted AIDS from a single encounter with a bisexual and is faabout AIDS have been inserted. Molly herself, in spite of her exact and detailed knowledge, fails to ask Jess to use a condom (``yeah, well . . . that's different.''). The book simply doesn't work as a story; rather it's didacticism at its worst. --Kathy Fritts, Jesuit High School, Portland, OR

Copyright 1993 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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