Saturday, March 8, 2008

Vanishing, posted by Mrs. Schauer

VANISHING, by Bruce Brooks
AR: Yes
Interest Level: Middle/Upper Grades
Vocabulary Quiz Available
Book on Order, Audio available in HS library

This is the story of 11 year old Alice, who is starving herself as a means of keeping herself in the hospital, rather than being forced to go home to her alcoholic mom and her sadistic step father. She entered the hospital after a terrible bronchial illness, but decided that she would do whatever it took to not be forced to go home to a place that was so unhappy and scary for her. While in the hospital, she befriends Rex, who is dealing with a terminal illness...and whom she knows will die very soon. Rex helps her to understand that you have to take life--whatever it gives you included--because any life, is better than no life at all. I don't have this book in the library yet, but I do have the audio book available for checking out if anyone's interested.

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