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. Volume XIX Number 6 . . . . October 12, 2012
Thirteen-year-old Edie is having a miserable time in high school. Friends, boyfriends and kindness don’t come as easy to her as they do to her older sister, Dexter. After her classmates ridicule her about the clothes she wears and the company she keeps, Edie tries to disappear by immersing herself in the school’s musical production of King Lear. She keeps herself busy re-writing the script, but when her emotions flare up, she finds herself alone. Although it’s not much of a surprise to the reader, Edie receives help from the one person she least expects; her cousin Merry, who has Down’s syndrome. Fourteen-year-old Merry has her limitations, which Edie learns to accept, but when Edie discovers Merry’s talents, she finds a way to showcase them on the stage. This sequel to All-Season Edie is set in British Columbia (Vancouver and Coquitlam). There are some memorable characters at Edie’s school that add drama and interest to the storyline, but Edie’s family seems a little too sweet to be believable. Lyon does capture the heartbreaking reality of a teenager’s life in this story though, and she shows how tolerance and acceptance can bring about happiness and peace within a family, a school and oneself.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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