Linked [NOOK Book]

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Linked is great to initiate discussions on diversity, stereotyping and privilege. Same age, same height, same grade—they could have been identical twins, but they were not. Yet they lived in the same imperfect world with overwhelming family problems. Greg’s father had walked out after striking his mother. Steve’s father refused to leave after repeatedly abusing his mother. Each boy, in his own way, was begging for help. They lived in different homes. They had different personalities. One was black and the other ...
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Overview

Linked is great to initiate discussions on diversity, stereotyping and privilege. Same age, same height, same grade—they could have been identical twins, but they were not. Yet they lived in the same imperfect world with overwhelming family problems. Greg’s father had walked out after striking his mother. Steve’s father refused to leave after repeatedly abusing his mother. Each boy, in his own way, was begging for help. They lived in different homes. They had different personalities. One was black and the other was white and they had switched!
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Editorial Reviews

Writer's Digest Awards Contest (2010)
‘This book about a black and a white kid switching bodies handles race very well. This is a brave thing to do and done successfully…. Great character development….’
-Judge's commentary, Writer's Digest Awards Contest
Book Pleasures
Peart shows a gentle understanding of race issues and identity issues among adolescent males. Although the premise might seem far-fetched, the plot is consistent throughout and the characters maintain a very balanced development.
–Chris Phillips :Word Coach" (Sandy Springs, GA 30328)
The Writers Network
Linked tells the tale of two teens, one black, one white, whose lives are oddly similar despite their obvious differences. Unfortunately for them (or perhaps fortunately) their lives are also linked. When family problems stretch relationships with those they love to breaking point, this curious link between two boys who’ve never even met grows suddenly strong.

Linked is a fast-moving story. There’s no long lingering thoughts and diatribes. But the thoughts that the tale in
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982307717
  • Publisher: Demarche Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 113 KB

Meet the Author

Olive Peart has navigated different school systems with her three children and Linked reflects what she saw, heard and experienced. An author, an educator and a radiographer, Olive writes regular columns for radiologic journals and newsmagazines. She is also the author of the young adult novel The Intruders. Her other published books are: Spanish for Professionals in Radiology; Lange Mammography Examination; and Mammography and Breast Imaging-Just the Facts.
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  • Posted April 12, 2010

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    An author who certainly knows her teenagers

    Olive Peart certainly knows her teenagers, and she knows the segregated high school world of cliques and misunderstandings. Linked tells the tale of two teens, one black, one white, whose lives are oddly similar despite their obvious differences. Unfortunately for them (or perhaps fortunately) their lives are also linked. When family problems stretch relationships with those they love to breaking point, this curious link between two boys who've never even met grows suddenly strong.

    The author handles the curious relationships formed when two boys switch bodies in a fun, relatively convincing, and surprisingly intricate style. Each can feel the others' pain. Both feel betrayal. And each views his neighbor's world through a mixture of pre-conceived ideas and the fresh eyes needed to shed light.

    "I don't want to be black," says one. "I don't want to be white." With true teenage flexibility, they forge ahead and find their worlds not so different; their needs and desires almost the same.

    Resolution comes when both boys learn to respect each others' advice. Then black and white adults come to their families' aid and show themselves in shades of pre-conceived prejudice too. The boys are left to guide and build on what they've learned.

    Linked is a fast-moving story. There's no long lingering thoughts and diatribes. But the thoughts that the tale inspires linger long after the telling. I'm grateful to the DeMarche Publishing for letting me read this, a fun teenage novel, with a neat mix of action, science fiction and social science, and some wise lessons to learn.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    good read

    Definitely recommended for children in middle school and older. I have students in a fourth grade class who enjoyed it but had a hard time understanding some of the concepts. The story will spark discussions about race and dealing with personal issues. Also making the right choices and how sometimes we need to look at problems with a new set of eyes.

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