Spiral

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

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. When Abby's family discovers her addiction, they send her ...

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Overview

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

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. When Abby's family discovers her addiction, they send her to a farm that specializes in Equine Assisted Therapy, where she is forced to fight against her cravings. Can she really learn to live again?

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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."
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551439303
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

K.L. Denman was born in Calgary, Alberta, and spent her childhood in a house one street away from the open prairie. When she was 11, her family moved to Delta, British Columbia, and she got to know life on the coast: tides, clam digging, rain gear, green grass year-round and enormous trees. It was there that Kim and her sisters got their first pony. She continued to live near Vancouver for many years while finishing school, attending college, and eventually getting married and starting a family. She always loved writing and when her teen children and their friends provided inspiration and re-kindled memories of this challenging passage, writing for teens became an irresistible venture.

Today she lives on a small farm on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast with her family of people, two dogs, three cats, two horses and an elderly mule. When she's not writing or caring for critters, she's reading, trying to grow vegetables, taking pictures, or volunteering at therapeutic riding. More information about Kim is available on her website at www.kldenman.com.

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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?"

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadtoo.com

    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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>Abby's new world explodes when her younger brother catches her and calls in her mom and dad. <BR/><BR/>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? <BR/><BR/>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.

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