Sunday, November 29, 2015

Learning Not to Drown / Anna Shinoda / 338 pages / Scary November Challenge

We all have skeletons in our the saying goes, but Claire's skeleton is not in the closet.  He walks with her, haunting her very existence.  Her brother Luke is in prison...again...for being in the wrong place in the wrong time, according to her parents.  Claire love her brother, savors the good memories, and represses the bad.  Her brother Peter is a bully and her parents are odd and unfair to say the least.  Claire is a lifeguard at a local lake but loses this job, her only hope of saving for college, because of her brother.  I was amazed at Claire's resiliency, her acceptance of parental domination, her understanding of her situation, and her determination to succeed without blaming or punishing her unfair situation.

Gateway Award Preliminary Nominee 2016-17

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