Volume 15 Number 5
This sequel to Razzell's acclaimed first novel SnowApples ¹ takes Sheila Brary, now a seventeen-year-old, to nursing school in a Vancouver hospital. There she encounters a rigid and strict discipline, curfews, and line-ups for everything from a medical examination to uniform fittings and meals. While bitterly resentful at first, she gradually comes to understand why adherence to the rules is necessary for the good of all.Teen-age readers will empathize with her homesickness and longing for her former friends, including her boyfriend Lars. However, a trip home leaves her dissatisfied and she is happy to return to the strictness of her nurse-in-training routines and especially a very ill, but undiagnosed, young female patient for whom she has developed a special sense of responsibility. Salmonberry Wine is highly recommended for young adult readers from age fifteen up. It promotes the moral value of responsibility to a cause, the question of medical ethics, and of course the romantic interest with a young intern which helps to carry the story along.
Lillian Turner, York Memorial C.l., Toronto, ON.
¹ Reviewed vol. XIII/3 May 1985, p. 115.
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