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ROXENE

Wendy Stephenson.

Calgary, Detselig Enterprises, c1983.
69pp, paper, $5.95.
ISBN 0-920490-28-X.


Grades 7 and up.
Reviewed by Dianne Harke.

Volume 12 Number 3
1984 May


The true story of a mentally-handicapped girl and her close relationship with advocate and friend Margaret van Biert. Roxene Two Horns, two-months premature and deprived of oxygen at birth, had a difficult childhood. At the age of eight, she was made a ward of the courts and put in a special school in Lethbridge, Alberta, where her behaviour continued to deteriorate. The turning point for Roxene came seven years later when the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Handicapped adopted the concept of citizen advocacy and started its own program. Roxene was matched with van Biert, a patient, caring nursing aide who was willing to accept the challenge of an unpredictable, brain-damaged child. Based on the premise that mentally handicapped people should be given the chance to cope with normal life and circumstances, this account presents a factual, unromanticized view of one community's solution. A carefully edited paperback with several pages of photographs. Recommended for school and public libraries.


Dianne Harke, Saskatoon Board of Education, Saskatoon, SK.
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