CM . . .
. Volume IX Number 7 . . . . November 29, 2002
Kicked Out. (Orca Soundings).
Victoria, BC: Orca Books, 2002.
92 pp., pbk., $9.95.
7-9 / Ages 12-14.
by Joan Marshall.
Gabe saw me. His
grin got a little wider, and he lifted an eyebrow. Then he looked
away. I felt like something that had been thrown into the trash.
For a moment, I considered creeping off to my library hideout. Then
I remembered what Darren had said about Gabe ordering me around.
Gabe wasn't actually saying anything right now. Still, he was telling
me, I'm finished with you, so get lost.
Well, I was finished
with him too.
The thought blew
through me like a happy wind, cleaning out a lot of crud.
Dime deliberately provokes her parents with her nose ring, low school
marks and idiot boyfriend with a motorbike. She moves to her older
brother's apartment, agreeing to cook for him. A quadriplegic, her
brother Darren provides the breathing space and the compassion, not
to mention the silence from no yelling, that Dime needs to see her
life in perspective. Gradually she realizes that her boyfriend is
using her, that she likes to do decently well at school, and that
she can speak to her parents without screaming.
in the first person and set in Winnipeg, Kicked Out is an accurate
reflection of the emotional lives of many teenage girls who act out
in a cry to be loved for who they are. This short novel, set in large,
accessible type will appeal to struggling readers who are drawn to
emotional, contemporary stories in which the heroine triumphs on her
own terms. The details of Darren's successful adjustment to his disability
and the reality that social life is the centre of students' lives
at school create contemporary, realistic settings that will attract
reluctant readers. Kicked Out is reminiscent of the “Series
2000" novels that made reading a book a possibility for students
who may have given up on reading.
Marshall is the teacher-librarian at Fort Richmond Collegiate in Winnipeg,
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