LIFE BELTS (Laurel-Leaf Books)
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Titel: LIFE BELTS (Laurel-Leaf Books)
Verlag: Laurel Leaf, US
Einband: Mass Market Paperback
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Nita's mother is dying. Maybe that's why Nita is testing fate and her own limits by swimming or sailing too far from the shore.
Molly is the shy, inhibited one. She's Nita's best friend, and she's the one who knows how to sail.
Eddie is the outsider, who finds Nita mysterious and beautiful.
Nita, Molly, and Eddie are all thirteen, and each of them has a story to tell of what happens to them in their Long Island beach town on those last hot, bright days of summer, those few days when tragedy strikes and changes their lives forever.
Gr. 7-12. The first winner of the annual Delacorte prize for a YA novel, Joyce Sweeney's Center Line (1984), focused on five brothers on the run. Maybe it's coincidence, maybe it's a sign of the times, but in this tenth prizewinner it's girls who are on the center line--daring girls, testing the limits in a "dance with disaster." Hosie-Bounar uses a form increasingly popular in YA fiction, a series of interconnected short stories, each one with its own inner unity and surprising climax. The stories are told from the alternating viewpoints of two 13-year-old friends, Molly and Anita, and an outsider boy, Eddie. Molly is scared, naive, and drawn to follow her wild, bullying, beautiful friend Anita into danger as they steal out at night to sail in a leaky boat up and down the coast of their Long Island village. Anita's recklessness stems partly from fury that her mother is dying ("I wish she'd just goddamn get it over with and die"), partly from anguish. The stories about Eddie are not well integrated into the novel, though the account of how he cuts himself free from home and from his bullying companions is excruciatingly real. The most beautiful story, "Sirens," in which Anita takes her mother for a last swim in the ocean, effortlessly blends sea imagery and ancient myth with the shrieking reality of police and ambulance emergency. Sometimes the writing is self-consciously literary, but everything is rooted in a strong sense of the place, especially the sailboat and the ocean. Teens will recognize the exhilaration of being on the edge, the lure of a dangerous friend. Read this novel with Stevie Smith's deceptively simple poem "Not Waving, but Drowning." Hazel Rochman
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