Unfinished Dreamsby Jane Breskin Zalben
First on 11-year-old Jason's wish list is becoming a concert violinist. His principal, Evan Carr, has always fostered that dream. When Jason discovers that Mr. Carr has AIDS, he is one of the few students who takes a stand against the town's intolerance. Jason nearly gives up when his beloved violin is vandalized in retaliation for his defiance. But a final gift from Mr. Carr reminds him of the importance of dreams, even those that are left unfinished.
Zalben (Goldie's Purim, 1991, etc.) keeps sentimentality to a minimum; this is less a story about AIDS and death than it is a story of a decent, caring boy facing mindless hatred for the very first time. The tragedy is kept mostly offstage, and the most terrible, heartbreaking moment involves the destruction of an object instead of a deathbed scene. Although the event doesn't come as much of a surprise, few will remain unmoved, for Zalben's gift, in simple, unobtrusive writing, is to make readers feel what Jason feels. At the end, what they'll feel is hope.
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