Christy's Chance

Christine DeVault, Author, Mary Nelson, Editor, Robert D. Ransom, Illustrator Network Press $3.95 (69p) ISBN 978-0-941816-33-5
Christy likes Eric. Eric likes marijuana. Eric wants Christy to like marijuana and to make a delivery for him. Through the course of this ""interactive adventure'' story, Christy must ask herself questions. Should she get into a car with Eric? Is she being used? With each path taken, Christy (and the reader) experiences the results of a particular decision. Negative results include perceptual difficulties, disillusionment, police involvement. Positive results yield Steve, a boy who really cares about Christy, not drugs. The come-ons are typical: ``You're not chicken, are you?'' and the action is wrapped in a thin plot about a movie being shot locally. Prepared by substance-abuse educators and ``pretested'' by preadolescents, this book and its companions (Danny's Dilemma, Serena's Secret) about tobacco and alcohol make for dialogue-filled, easy reading that is more likely to find a home in school collections than to be sought out by youngsters themselves. Ages 9-13. (September)
Reviewed on: 10/31/1990
Release date: 11/01/1990
Genre: Nonfiction
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