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Ruby, Lois
New York : Scholastic, 1993.
ISBN 0590449370 
This is a fascinating book of rights. Miriam has cancer. She belongs to a sect which forbids medical treatment. Her poetry partner at school thinks this is barbaric and wants the school to advocate for her right to treatment. This partner's dad is a lawyer who is willing to take the family and the church side of the issue. It is a book that covers the legality of parental authority over even older teens: the separation of church and state, the limitation of medical treatment and the power of faith. In the end, she gets the medical treatment forced on her by the courts but she believed in the faith healing of Brother James, so there is no resolution of what "worked" but Miriam's well.
SUBJECTS:     Cancer -- Patients -- Fiction.

                         Sects -- Fiction.


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