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In the Clear
Contributor(s): Carter, Anne
ISBN: 1551431920     ISBN-13: 9781551431925
Publisher: Orca Book Pub
    OUR PRICE: $6.30  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 2001
Annotation: A young girl struggles to overcome her fears.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
People with disabilities; Fiction.
Mothers and daughters; Fiction.
Self-reliance; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Health & Daily Living | Diseases
- Juvenile Fiction | Sports & Recreation | Hockey
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2001086678
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 7.75" H x 5.25" W x 0.50" (0.25 lbs) 133 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 47900
Reading Level: 4.0   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 4.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SL Reviews 2002 January)
Gr 4-7-A victim of the 1950s polio epidemic, Pauline doesn't let her wheelchair or crutches stand in the way of her passion for hockey. Carter alternates first-person accounts of a young Canadian teenager of the late '50s and early '60s written in the present tense with past-tense chapters that recount the events seven years earlier when the crippling disease struck. The author writes skillfully enough to make this device work, although the treatment of the dualities in the girl's world is a little heavy-handed: her easygoing dad versus her worrisome, overprotective mother; the mother versus glamorous, adventurous Tante Marie, who gives her niece a hockey stick for Christmas; the wicked nurse and physical therapist versus nurse "Nightingale" at the rehabilitation hospital; the girl's desire to resume her active life versus her desire to avoid embarrassment. Pauline is believable and accessible: she fears that her own selfishness is to blame for her disease; her anxiety about returning to school turns into determination; her response, at age 13, to the news that her mother is pregnant ("I don't want a sister or brother who can run or skate") is childish. The freedom that Pauline feels when her dad helps her become a wheelchair hockey player in their backyard rink is palpable. With a little promise of romance thrown in, this novel will make good recreational reading, and it seamlessly incorporates information on the historic epidemic.-Sue Sherif, Alaska State Library, Anchorage Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.