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Spiral
     

Spiral

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by K. L. Denman
 

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When fifteen-year-old Abby is seriously injured, her wounds go far deeper than her broken back. Rehabilitation therapy teaches her to cope with her new physical reality but once she's home with her family, she refuses to participate in life and withdraws into a world of drugs.

Abby's family discovers her addiction, and she is sent to a farm that specializes in

Overview

When fifteen-year-old Abby is seriously injured, her wounds go far deeper than her broken back. Rehabilitation therapy teaches her to cope with her new physical reality but once she's home with her family, she refuses to participate in life and withdraws into a world of drugs.

Abby's family discovers her addiction, and she is sent to a farm that specializes in Equine Assisted Therapy. She must still do battle with her cravings, but when she witnesses the connection between another young patient and a pony, she decides that if this girl can heal, she too can learn to be present in life again.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"An excellent addition to Orca's high interest, low vocabulary "Soundings" series...a realistic and thoroughly gripping read. Highly recommended."
Tucson Unified School District
"Highly recommended."
Tri State Young Adult Book Review Committee
"Strongly recommended for school libraries...The emotional yet believable plot is deftly told with honesty and freshness. The focus on what is possible may cause some students to review their choices and set a new focus."
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Succeeds with a strong plot and suitably empathetic characters to attract a teen audience...Contains a surprisingly realistic and positive message about dealing with life's challenges."
CBC Radio One - All Points West
"Surprisingly touching...captures something about the near-mystical quality of the connection between horses and people."
NMRLS Youth Services Book Review
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TeensReadToo.com
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Children's Literature - Elizabeth D. Schafer
Abby, age fifteen, adjusts to changes in her life after being paralyzed by a back-breaking accident at work. Narrated in first person, Abby's forceful voice reveals her anger and fear. She resents losing mobility and lashes out at her friends and family, especially her younger brother Will, who visits her in the hospital. Abby learns to use a wheelchair and attends group therapy sessions led by a paralyzed counselor, Mrs. Green. Returning home, Abby realizes her father traded his sports car for a handicap-accessible minivan and remodeled their house to accommodate her wheelchair. Depressed, she plays computer games and chats online with Mrs. Green and therapy group members, particularly Jim, who supplies cocaine to Abby who becomes addicted. Will sees Abby using drugs and tells their parents who send Abby to Spiral, a treatment facility where Abby is introduced to a therapy horse named Charlie. While grooming Charlie, Abby meets Taylor, a paraplegic, who emphasizes her capabilities and potential. Abby's experiences riding Charlie and talking with Taylor and a traumatized girl named Gabby transform her perceptions of her future. This tightly written book in the "Orca Soundings" series honestly depicts Abby's emotional intensity as she confronts her paralysis and eventually embraces forgiveness of herself and others. Similar themes associated with recovery from serious injuries, including acceptance of imperfections, are addressed in Priscilla Cummings's A Face First (2001). Reviewer: Elizabeth D. Schafer

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551439303
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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He opens his hand, and there's this little plastic bag of powder. White powder. He reaches into his pocket again and pulls out a short straw. "Voila," he says. "Care for a toot?"

I stare at the cocaine, and while part of my brain wants to say, "No, jerk, get out," another voice inside me is saying, "Why not?"

Meet the Author

K.L. Denman has written many novels for youth, including the Orca Currents titles Destination Human and Agent Angus. She lives in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.kldenman.com.

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Spiral 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Abby's life has been derailed by a tragic accident. It started as a part-time job, then a seemingly innocent request to change a burnt-out lightbulb, and then a fall in unsafe working conditions. A broken back has left Abby a paraplegic.

The world around her has changed. Her father picks her up from the hospital in an ugly beige mini-van, and she finds out he traded in his super-hot Mustang for this handicap-equipped ride. When she gets home there's an obscene ramp built right over the top of her mother's prized herb garden, and her upstairs room has been relocated to the den off the kitchen. Everyone tries to make the best of the awful circumstances, but Abby doesn't feel much like living anymore.

A surprise visit from Jim, another accident victim she met in rehab, adds some unexpected excitement to Abby's life. Jim offers her a sort of escape when he introduces her to cocaine. She hesitates, but then decides a little might help fill the emptiness and frustration she experiences on a daily basis. It does make those feelings disappear, but soon it takes more and more of the cocaine to even begin to take the edge off.

Abby's new world explodes when her younger brother catches her and calls in her mom and dad.

The next thing Abby realizes she is living at Spiral, an isolated treatment center miles from home. As the only live-in resident of the center, Abby learns she has been signed up for a six-month course of treatment. Can it get any worse, or can a place like Spiral have the answer for someone like her?

At just over 100 pages, SPIRAL by K.L. Denman tells the story of one girl's plunge into life with a severe physical disability. Her reaction to her circumstances is not a surprise, but many might be surprised about where she finds help and a way to cope with the life changes she faces.