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. Volume XVI Number 4. . . .September 25, 2009
To many people, Kikiís father is a hero, a selfless humanitarian who works as a doctor in war zones. Her Oma is angry with what she considers his chronic risk taking Ė a selfish need for adventure. Kiki and her mother just want him home and safe from his latest trip. But his telephone calls have stopped, and the aid organization has no word of where he is.
Kiki is a rather intense 11-year-old who wants her normal life back. She doesnít want to be the object of her friendís pity. She feels powerless in the face of her fatherís decisions and frustrated with the efforts of the adults in her life to share with or shield her from the situation. So she comes up with a rather outrageous idea to balance the odds in favour of her fatherís return.
Against the Odds is a relatively fast read, with short sentences and lots of dialogue. The higher level concepts dealt with make this an excellent book for a broad age group. It would be particularly useful as a high interest book for teens. While this book deals with difficult themes, it does so in a sensitive and often humorous way.
Catherine Howett, a Research and Resource Centre Coordinator and advocate for school libraries, lives in Vancouver, BC.
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