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. Volume XI Number 14 . . . . March 18, 2005
Written in the third person, Interference is an easy read story with a linear plot which covers the course of a few weeks. The main character is a preteen boy named Josh. Everything seems to be falling apart in his life. His father and older brother are in conflict, his hockey skills appear to be deteriorating, his grades are dropping in school and he is struggling to find energy. With all these things happening, he is craving personal support from his family, but it appears they do not have time for him. Josh knows he should talk to his parents about his lack of energy, extreme thirst, and problems with his eyesight, but he doesn't want to bother them. The entire family needs to reflect on their priorities when Josh is taken to the hospital by ambulance and is diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
The book is written with a simple plot in the present time frame. The viewpoint is that of a middle child wanting his parents' attention. His focus is on this need and not on the changes that he should recognize as warning signs that something is physically wrong with him. The story deals with real issue a young person could face while growing up.
Glenys Martin is a teacher at W.P. Sandin Composite High School in Shellbrook, SK.
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