You Take the High Road

Pershall, Mary K.

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Synopsis: An Austrailian girl's dream of being an older sister is fulfilled, until a tragic accident shatters her family, and she must pick up the pieces--with the support of a caring teacher and a special boyfriend

From School Library Journal: Grade 7-12-- Through first-person narration, Samantha recounts several years of her life in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. During those years Samantha's mother has a baby, Nicholas, whose birth creates some upheaval in an already uncomfortable family situation, and whose death by drowning at age two causes the family to fall apart. In the course of the story, readers are confronted with issues of abortion, work outside the home, pregnancy and natural childbirth (presented in a vivid and moving manner), death, dysfunctional and failed marriages, cynicism about relationships, the trauma of moving away from a secure neighborhood and loved ones, adolescent friendships and love, close interactions with teachers, and ways of dealing with grief. While Samantha's feelings and actions are clearly described and her relationship with her mother and with her friends is realistically portrayed, the introduction of so many plot elements and the contrived flashbacks used to reveal them keep the story from flowing smoothly. Because of the density of events, characters' growth has to be explained more often than it is revealed. The ending of the story, as Samantha flies off to spend a year with her grandmother in the United States, with her grief still new and her reconciliations with others somewhat superficial, suggests, unfortunately, that to take the "high road" of the title may be to walk away from things that hurt. A book only for libraries with a high demand for first-person coming-of-age stories or fiction about death. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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