The Flawed Glass
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Titel: The Flawed Glass
Verlag: Little Brown & Co (Juv)
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
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On a remote island off the coast of Scotland, Shona Macleod, barely able to walk and speak, is isolated by her disabilities. When a wealthy American businessman buys the island and moves his family there, Shona forges a remarkable friendship with his son.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9 --Shona MacLeod leads an isolated life with her family on a remote island off the coast of Scotland. Because of her physical handicap which makes walking and talking nearly impossible, Shona sees herself as a piece of flawed glass--although mentally sharp and clear, she cannot communicate her thoughts. When an American family buys the island and moves there for the summer, her solitude is penetrated. She saves the owner's son, Carl, from a potentially fatal accident, and a friendship begins. Shona shows him the exotic birds and natural wonders of the island, and he teaches her to use his father's computer. Unfortunately, island poachers frame Shona's father, causing friction between the families. Sole witness to the incriminating events, Shona saves her family from eviction, and continues her friendship with Carl via modem when he returns to America. Strachan's descriptive style, jammed with metaphors and similes, may tax readers seeking instant gratification. However, Shona's struggles are depicted with both grace and humor, and show a remarkable empathy for her character, while the awkward attempts of family members and friends to communicate with her are heartfelt and fully rendered. Carl--curious, energetic, able, and nice --gives the steadily paced story balance for less sophisticated readers, providing contrast to Shona's disability and making accessible her many strengths. A parallel story of an eagle's offsprings' struggle for survival adds a further dimension. --Jennifer Kraar, St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia
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