Blind Faith

Ellen Wittlinger, Author . S&S $15.95 (280p) ISBN 978-1-4169-0273-7

Wittlinger's (Sandpiper ) heartfelt novel shows how loss can tear families apart and sometimes bring strangers together. Fifteen-year-old Liz Scattergood is still reeling from the death of her vivacious grandmother, Bunny, when she meets Nathan, a new neighbor whose mother is dying of leukemia. The two teens find in each other the kind of comfort and support that is absent from their respective households. Liz helps ease Nathan's difficult transition moving in with his cantankerous grandmother, and urges him to open up to his younger sister, who doesn't know that their mother's illness is terminal. In turn, Nathan provides consolation when Liz finds herself caught between feuding parents: her father, who has given up on religion altogether and her self-absorbed mother, who has recently joined a spiritualist church, hoping to find a way to communicate with Bunny. Told from Liz's point of view, the novel tenderly explores how grief affects individuals differently—as it surfaces in angry outbursts, feelings of loneliness, desperate attempts to regain what has been lost and moments of introspection. As Liz works through her own emotional turmoil, she learns to recognize, tolerate and respond to others' pain. Ages 12-up. (July)

Reviewed on: 06/05/2006
Release date: 07/01/2006
Genre: Children's
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