Baby Alicia Is Dying

Baby Alicia Is Dying

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by Lurlene McDaniel
     
 

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Desi thinks it's totally unfair that innocent baby Alicia was born HIV positive. Now the eight-month-old Alicia lives at Childcare because she was given away by her sick teenage mother. Desi can relate to feeling unloved. Her parents give her all the material things she needs, but there seems to be a wall between her mother and herself.

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Desi thinks it's totally unfair that innocent baby Alicia was born HIV positive. Now the eight-month-old Alicia lives at Childcare because she was given away by her sick teenage mother. Desi can relate to feeling unloved. Her parents give her all the material things she needs, but there seems to be a wall between her mother and herself.

Working at Childcare has opened Desi's heart and allowed her to feel the love that she's been longing for. But Alicia is not her child and there is no cure for her condition. Can Desi cope with the harsh realities and still believe in love?





Working at Childcare has opened Desi's heart and allowed her to feel the love that she's been longing for. But Alicia is not her child and there is no cure for her condition. Can Desi cope with the harsh realities and still believe in love? -->


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With her usual melodramatic flair, McDaniel ( Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep ) wrings out another sad story line, this one centering on a ninth grader who volunteers at a home for HIV-positive babies. Caring for the infants fills a void for Desi, who has always been overshadowed by her older sister, Val, a tennis ace. With her beloved Val recently gone off to college, Desi's mother has taken a full-time job, and she has little time for or interest in her younger daughter's activities. She certainly doesn't understand Desi's growing attachment to Alicia, a five-month-old who was abandoned by her mother at birth. Given the novel's tell-all title, there is no suspense surrounding the direction of the plot, which explores Desi's grief over the baby's death--as well as her reconciliation with her troubled mother. McDaniel's theatrical prose and her characters' occasionally contrived statements (``Maybe if I didn't care so much, this wouldn't hurt so bad'') probably won't bother her young fans, who will wipe away more than one tear. And, as always, the author gives her tale's dark cloud a suitably silver lining. Ages 10-up. (June)
The ALAN Review - Marjorie M. Kaiser
Laced with sweet friendship and the hint of romance, this coming-of-age story set in Atlanta over one school year is presented against the background of the 90s tragedy of infants born HIV positive. Ninth grader Desi discovers the joy of selfless loving through volunteering in a half-way house child-care center for well but destined-to-die babies. Her attachment to infant Alicia not only teaches her about service and commitment but also brings her closer to mature understandings about the relationships she has with her older sister and her parents. McDaniel's lean narrative, credible characters, and genuine dialogue combine to create a powerhouse of emotion that, given such a situation, could but never does slip into easy sentimentality. Instead, Baby Alicia Is Dying promises a near-lyrical experience that will touch middle-school and high-school readers and will surely keep them turning the pages.
School Library Journal
Gr 8-10-- Desi feels unloved by her distant mother, who worships Desi's athletic, popular older sister. Entering ninth grade and tired of living in her sister's shadow, she searches for something uniquely hers. She finds it at ChildCare, a house devoted to helping HIV-positive and AIDS babies, where she works with the infant Alicia. Even though volunteering there causes problems at home, at school, and with her best friend, Desi feels a bond to the baby that transcends all concerns. Alicia's illness and eventual death are the catalysts that bring her family's secrets to the surface to be resolved. The plot moves along at a steady pace with helpful background information about HIV and AIDS woven into the story. Desi's character is developed fairly well, while secondary players are more stereotypical in nature. The writing is somewhat pulpy, using various cliches reminiscent of adult romances. The theme is spoon-fed to readers. Desi's adultlike realizations (``Suddenly she understood that mature love, marriage, and having babies was truly a logical progression, a natural order that got all out of whack when people jumped into a sexual relationship outside the framework.'') make the text somewhat preachy and moralistic. Despite its faults, however, this novel will find a wide audience among teenagers who will enjoy the fast pace and timely subject matter. --Amy Baumann, Berne Knox Westerlo High School, NY
Mary Romano Marks
Desi is determined ninth grade will be different. Eager to step out of her older sister's shadow, Desi is searching for her special niche. She finally accepts that her mother clearly prefers her sister, Val, a popular, gifted athlete. Anxious to feel needed and perhaps make a difference in someone's life, Desi volunteers as a caregiver at ChildCare, a foster home for HIV-positive and AIDS babies. There she nurtures Alicia, an HIV-positive infant abandoned at birth. Understanding how it feels to be unwanted, Desi showers the baby with affection. Even though problems arise at home, at school, and with her best friend, Desi does not waver in her commitment to Alicia but soon realizes that even love cannot alter the reality of AIDS. Along the way, she discovers the reasons behind her mother's emotional distance. The plot is obvious, with sketchily drawn characters and cliched dialogue; however, teens will find the book a quick read about a timely subject.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307776280
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/27/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
251,987
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author

LURLENE MCDANIEL is the #1 author of inspirational fiction for young adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Baby Alicia Is Dying 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I disagree. All her book are fablous they tell people about medical problems and how they can handle them. She gives a positive outlook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is so sad i wonder if they are going to make a story about lucas
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JEAN16 More than 1 year ago
Bestselling author, Lurlene McDaniel has done it again! The #1 author of inspiration fiction for young adults has written her 30th teenage fiction novel. With her natural sensational writing style, she produces another sad story line in Baby Alicia Is Dying. Desila Mitchell has always been in her sister's shadow and it's led her to work at a Childcare Center for HIV-positive infants with her Aunt Clare. Looking after five-month-old Alicia soon fills her heart with the love she never felt and as they get closer, the reality of Alicia's health sinks in. After reading this novel the majority of the readers stated that they would recommend this book to anyone. Through McDaniel's books, we can find the answers as to why tragedy hits people and how to not only confront but also rise above them as well. Although you do not know the characters, McDaniel created them in a way that allows the readers to connect to them and their heart throbbing moments. Everyone hits a few bumps in the life, the only difference is how they respond to it. And with McDaniel's books, she helps make those bumps easier to overcome. The only downside to this story is the fact that it clearly points out the harsh reality of the world and therefore might be too rough for younger readers. However, through her bluntness of the world, it opens your eyes in a way that really hits home. I recommend this novel to anyone who is or have gone trough a tough time. It will not only comfort you but it will also nurse your wounds for the better.
rita wheeler More than 1 year ago
i do not like this book you cant under stand the meaning of this book
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Bethany Boyd More than 1 year ago
this book is so amazing i read it when i was in the 6th grade it is amazing
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was full of excitment and heart throbing moments. It really touched my heart. Lurlene McDaniel is a great author and her books are the only ones I've read in the last month. She takes reading to a whole new and wonderful level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is Lurlene McDaniel is an awesome writer.I love all her books,But for some reason this book really held my attention more than the others.My friends and I have been readin her books since around November and Love Them!This book was sooo sad.It made me wanna break down cry all the way through it.It was kill me cause I couldn't tell my friends about it since they haven't read it yet.But for all you who haven't read it,check it out.Im sure if your like me and my friends and love her books you will absolutely love this one!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a wounderful book with many feelings that just realy hit you home. It makes you be thankful for what you have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked the main idea of the book. I felt really bad for Baby Alicia and all the other babies who were born with AIDS. The ending was good too, but it was so sad! Sad, but good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You have to read it! In the begining i thought that i would never finish this book, but once i got through the first few chapters, it was great, i could not put the book down once I started reading it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is sooooo sad.i luv the whole story.u should read this book especially if u like sad and good books.i recommend this book to everyone
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this story so much it was sad but interesting.Alsoit made me feel that i was in the story andtaht i knew the ittle baby.Also i cried when i read it cause its a sad book but moving.I recommened this book who loves Lurlene Mcdainel Books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Desi has always been the second best in her family. Her sister Val has gotten all the attention and now that she¿s at college, their mom doesn¿t even notice Desi. Her Aunt Gayle is all she really has. Gayle works at the local hospital and at the Childcare center, a volunteer center for abandon babies. Desi went to visit her aunt at Childcare center and fell in love with Alicia. Her mother protested against Desi volunteering there but she did it anyway. She knew Alicia and the other babies needed her. Alicia was born HIV-positive. That bothered Desi's family and other students at school too. They made fun of her all the time. The only person she had was her lab partner, Brian. When Alicia was eight months old she became very ill and was put in the hospital. Desi was devastated. She spent all her time with Alicia in the hospital. Her mother couldn¿t stand it. It hurt Desi¿s mother much more than Desi understood. Her mother had a son that died of SIDs before she had Desi. She really hasn¿t gotten over it and stopped blaming herself for his death. After weeks in intensive care, AIDs took over Alicia¿s body and she died. Desi couldn¿t believe it. It took Alicia¿s death for Desi¿s mother to realize she can forgive herself for her son¿s death and learn to live again and have a relationship with the daughter she still has.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book showed me the reality of AIDS. This book is about a teenager who volunteers at a place called ChildCare. It is a home for babies born with HIV, and at birth their mothers gave them up. The people there all volunteer their time there. Everything at the home is donated. There's a twist to this story with the main character and her mother, but you'll have to read the book to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Baby Alicia Is Dying' is a moving story about a baby that was born with AIDS. She is sent to a child care center where she can be taken care of. Desi, one of the main characters, voluteers to help take care of the sick children. After she sees baby Alicia, she falls in love with her. This book is like all the other Lurlene McDaniel books. It is very sad, but also inspirational. This book is good for teenage girls that like sad, yet moving, stories. If you are a fan of her previous novels, this one is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a very sad and touching book. It is like most of the McDaniel books that you would read. I touches your heart like all of the others. Although you don't know the people in the book, you feel kind of connected to them in a way. This book is about a young girl taking care of an HIV positive baby that she only met a minutes before. It was her first experience with children and Alicia touched her life forever. I think it is a wonderful book for anyone to read whether you are 12 or 30. I think that everyone has tough times in there life and all of McDaniel's books point them out and make them easier to deal with.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. It was the best I've ever read.Lurlene McDaniel made me feel so close to baby Alicia and the other characters that I really felt the effect of losing baby Alicia. I cried.I love this author I can't wait to read another one of her titles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of Lurlene McDaniel's books. This one truly touched my heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I cried just because it is a very emotional book. Hope you read it and enjoy it!