In the Clear

In the Clear

by Anne Laurel Carter, Anne Carter

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A young girl struggles to break free from her overprotective mother and to overcome her own fears.See more details below


A young girl struggles to break free from her overprotective mother and to overcome her own fears.

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Children's Literature
This story is set in Canada, where hockey is the sport of choice for many youngsters. Pauline has endured polio and the iron lung but her desire to play hockey is not shaken. She sits on her window seat and plays table-hockey with little metal men. Her mother is very protective and home-schools her, but Pauline wants more then anything to go to regular school with her friends. But the crowd and the stairs are more then she can manage and Pauline is reconciled to staying home. As a surprise, her dad builds an ice rink in their backyard. Pauline learns how to use a special chair so she can play with her friends. With physical therapy and a new brace, she manages a few steps with crutches and she can move without a wheelchair. Following the birth of a sister, Pauline convinces her mother that she should be allowed to attend school. Her friends ask the caretaker to allow the use of the freight elevator and school becomes a reality. The hockey season is ending and the ice rink is beginning to melt, but Pauline and her friends want one last hockey game. Pauline plays forward, much to her delight. 2001, Orca Book Publishers, $6.95. Ages 9 to 12. Reviewer:Karen Werner
School Library Journal
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.

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Orca Book Publishers
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Anne Laurel Carter is a multi-award-winning author of books for children, including Under the Prairie Sky (Orca 2004). When she's not writing, she's reading. Anne lives in Toronto, Ontario, where she works full-time as a teacher-librarian.

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