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OUT OF THE FIRE
Sumach Press, 2002.
When I read the summary of
this book, I thought it was going to be just another teenage tragic soap
opera, and I thought I would get nothing out of reading it. However,
as I started reading, I realized I was wrong. This book is written
from the point of view of a normal teenage girl, whose life suddenly changes
when she is badly burned in an accident. It shows what Dayle must
go through in order to survive and recover, how she must mentally recover.
Her deceased grandmother helps her with this in a spiritual sense.
Dayle’s story also shows how this accident affected her family and friends.
It hurt them almost as much as it hurt her. The metaphor of a phoenix
is used to describe Dayle’s recovery. Like a phoenix, Dayle was reborn
from her ashes or burns. No matter what wild ride life takes you
on, you must learn to cope with the hardships, move on and become a better
person out of the suffering.
by: Mollie Carter for South
Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominees 2005
Have you ever felt like you
were on the outside looking in? Ever feel like you wanted to be part
of the “in” crowd? Sixteen-year-old Dayle certainly has. The
death of her beloved grandmother and her parents’ divorce made her feel
even more isolated. Thankfully, Dayle has outgrown her shy, awkward
childhood and has blossomed into a beautiful teenager. Her popular,
athletic boyfriend, Keith, has introduced her to his loud, boisterous group
of friends. One night Dayle reluctantly agrees to attend a party
located in an open field. Suddenly, a freak accident leaves Dayle
and a few others with severe burns throughout her entire body.
Who else was injured? How badly was she burned? How did the
accident happen? Will Keith still be her boyfriend despite the damage
done to her body? Will Dayle survive? Join Dayle in her struggle
to get Out of the Fire. (Joanne Suzara, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Goose Creek High, Goose Creek, SC)
Girls -- Fiction.
Teenagers -- Fiction.
Accidents -- Fiction.
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