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. Volume XX Number 24. . . .February 21, 2014
Jonathan is used to living with his father. Now, because his father is in trouble and has to hide, Jonathan is dropped off to live with his grandparents who have not seen him in more than six years. Jonathan and his grandparents don’t always get along at first, and Jonathan needs to decide in whose footsteps he is going to follow – those of his grandparents or those of his con artist father.
Stand Your Ground is largely a story about finding your own identity. Jonathan has followed his father's lead in how to live and how to behave since his mother died six years before. When he has to live with his grandparents, Jonathan is exposed to a completely different way of life. Attending the same school, making real friends rather than just scamming people, and earning the trust of his grandparents are all challenges that Jonathan has to face.
Jonathan is an interesting protagonist. His ambivalence about all aspects of his life, including his father and his grandparents, make him both intriguing and easy to relate to, especially for readers who are beginning to establish their own identity. Trying to decide what choices Jonathan will make and which path he will take, will keep readers engrossed in the book.
Stand Your Ground was first published in 1994 and has been revised by Eric Walters for the 20th anniversary edition. This is an engaging and well-written book that will appeal to many readers now, just as it did when it was first published.
Daphne Hamilton-Nagorsen is a graduate of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
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