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Book 12- Tell the Wolves I'm Home

12. Tell the Wolves I'm Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt. This was a beautifully told coming-of-age story. What really make it click for me was not only the fantastic protagonist, 14-year-old June, but the exceptionally strong secondary characters, especially June's sister Greta, their mother and Toby. Indeed, the story isn't just about the growth and maturation of June, but of her older sister. The story also is about discovery and forgiveness, particularly in regards to the mother. The characters are so human, so believable. In the story, June is coping with the loss of her uncle and godfather, Finn. his death, from complications from AIDS, makes things tense for the family; the time period is in the 80s, when AIDS is just becoming known to the general public. Each member of June's family grieves in their own way. With Finn's death, June meets Toby, who clumsily tries to fill the void Finn has left. June discovers things about her uncle and her family in the process. those things both divide and unite them. Young teens I think will like June and her independence. You both sympathize with her, and, at times, want to shake her when she's being dense. Also loved the ironic moment when June's parents are determined to "intervene" in June's directionless life after an incident, when their older daughter Greta is practically screaming for help before their unseeing eyes. Greta, too, is interesting. At first, you really want to hate her and dismiss her as shallow. But as the story unfolds, you discover there is a LOT more going on, and that both girls, in their own way and in surprisingly similar ways, are hurting. A good book for preteens and teens.

Currently reading: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
Tags: fiction, young adult
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