The Hunger
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The Hunger

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
     
 

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Fifteen-year-old Paulas perfectionism drives everything from her marks to her body. A history project about Paulas grandmother reveals parallels with her own struggles.

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Fifteen-year-old Paulas perfectionism drives everything from her marks to her body. A history project about Paulas grandmother reveals parallels with her own struggles.

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Children's Literature
Fifteen-year-old Paula hates her body. Not only is it tall and awkward, but she has got some extra pounds that draw her father's ire. Paula decides to change her body. She begins a strict diet, punctuated by periods of binging and purging. Slowly, she works her body down to a skeletal frame. She keeps it well-hidden under baggy, long clothes. Finally, discovered by a discerning physician, Paula is hospitalized. She begins to improve, then reaches a plateau. After her family pushes for more success in this, too, Paula's risky behavior causes her to fall into a coma. Somehow, she begins to experience a different time and place. It is a horrible time; Paula is an Armenian, and she is being herded on a forced march to the coast. People are being shot and killed all around her. The body she inhabits becomes skeletal not out of desire but out of suffering. Survival becomes all important to this girl who had been willing to throw it all away. Skrypuch's first young adult novel nicely straddles the present and the past as it addresses body image fears that are common to many teen girls, as well as the horror of the Armenian genocide. Somehow, she successfully weaves these very different threads into one captivating, cohesive narrative. 1999, Boardwalk/Dundurn, Ages 13 to 18.
—Heidi Hauser Green
The Horizon
"The Hunger is a beautifully written account of one young woman's journey to find out about her heritage while she struggles with the very real issues of anorexia. It appeals to all generations and helps to guide the reader from present-day realities to the realities of history."

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"The Hunger is a beautifully written account of one young woman's journey to find out about her heritage while she struggles with the very real issues of anorexia. It appeals to all generations and helps to guide the reader from present-day realities to the realities of history."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554886463
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
144
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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"The Hunger is a beautifully written account of one young woman's journey to find out about her heritage while she struggles with the very real issues of anorexia. It appeals to all generations and helps to guide the reader from present-day realities to the realities of history."

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