The White Horse
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Titel: The White Horse
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Auflage: 1st Edition
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"She didn't want to relax; she had to stay on guard because people could turn on you any second. Even the people who said they loved you...."
The teacher stopped reading. From across the desk she could feel the girl's eyes on her face, like hands.
When she's not sure where she's headed or what's going to take her there, Raina writes, filling pages with the desperation she hides beneath a mask of invulnerability. But when her teacher, Margaret Johnson, finds these crumpled scraps of a young girl's life pushed into her hands, she's not sure what to do with them. Almost against her will, she is drawn in by Raina's stories of her survival on and off the streets, her relationships with her junkie boyfriend and mother -- both alternately loving and abusive -- and eventually her pregnancy. Whenever she tries to get Raina to confide in her, however, Raina becomes suddenly cold, afraid to accept the help she has been asking for through her stories. Little does Ms. Johnson know that her praise of Raina's writing and her faith in her are perhaps the only "burning nuggets" in Raina's heart. And little does Raina know that she has something inside her to give back.
This poignant portrait of the relationship between a lonely but devoted teacher and her troubled student shows how we can tame the white horses of our nightmares and turn them into hope.Review:
Raina is 16, pregnant, and an all-too-frequent victim of her drug-addicted mother's violent rages. Ms. Johnson is Raina's fortysomething teacher who has a love-hate relationship with her job and a serious problem with the fact that she has no life outside of work. This pair seems too caught up in their own problems to pay much attention to each other, but how else will Raina be saved from her family's cycle of abuse--and Ms. Johnson rescued from her suffocating self-pity?
Cynthia D. Grant has broached the topic of survival before, in Mary Wolf and Uncle Vampire--both of which feature strong girls persevering against impossible odds. The White Horse explores this same tough-as-nails territory but adds a responsible, caring adult who is not afraid to admit her own fallibility: "I am not cut out for this. I'm a lousy teacher. The kind who uses the word 'lousy.'" Alternating between Ms. Johnson's wry, humorous voice and Raina's heartbreaking journal entries ("Maybe heaven's like that, a big quiet room where you sleep beside the people you love. You can't see them or feel them, but you can hear them breathing, and there's blankets, and everybody's warm"), this book will open both teen and adult eyes to the unique set of issues that each may face. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert
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