Yellow Line

Yellow Line

by Sylvia Olsen
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Vince lives in a small town—a town that is divided right down the middle. Indians on one side, Whites on the other. The unspoken rule has been there as long as Vince remembers and no one challenges it. But when Vince's friend Sherry starts seeing an Indian boy, Vince is outraged and determined to fight back—until he notices Raedawn, a girl from the

Overview

Vince lives in a small town—a town that is divided right down the middle. Indians on one side, Whites on the other. The unspoken rule has been there as long as Vince remembers and no one challenges it. But when Vince's friend Sherry starts seeing an Indian boy, Vince is outraged and determined to fight back—until he notices Raedawn, a girl from the reserve. Trying to balance his community's prejudices with his shifting alliances, Vince is forced to take a stand, and see where his heart will lead him.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"[Sylvia Olsen] knows what it is like to walk the line between white and Indian culture, and she is fair in her presentation of those on both sides of the line. Worth acquiring for any senior high school library collection. Recommended."
Hip Librarian's Book Blog
“The author effectively writes scenes that leave the reader squirming for a positive resolution, and shine a light on intolerance and stereotypes. Kudos for addressing tough issues in an accessible manner.”
VOYA
The Canadian community in which Vince lives is divided into two parts: white and First Nation (Indian). The two groups do not mix, even on the ride to school each morning on the bus. This school year is starting out differently, though. Vince's childhood pal, Sherry, begins dating Steve, one of the First Nation students. And Vince notices that another native, Raedawn, is showing interest in him. With all of the previous animosity, how can any relationship between the two groups survive? Vince must find a way to bridge the divide. This fast moving, easy-to-read story does not delve deeply into the issue of racism, but it does let readers know that standing up for what one believes to be right is the correct thing to do. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Orca, 107p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.
—Teri S. Lesesne
Children's Literature
There comes a point in every child's life when they realize they must stand on their own, make their own decisions, and choose to either break away from their parents' ideals or be ruled by their parents' thoughts for the rest of their lives. For Vince that moment came when he learned that his neighbor and best friend had befriended an Indian from the other side of the village. All of his life he had listened to his parents and had carefully observed the separation that existed between the whites and the Indians. But when an Indian girl starts smiling at him and waving to him, he begins to question what he has practiced all his life and what his parents have always told him. In only a matter of days, in the course of helping his friend cope with the problems she is facing when her parents find out about her Indian boyfriend, Vince realizes that what he has always believed no longer matters, and that it is not as frightening as he had imagined to stand up for something different. This coming-of-age novella is a quick read and offers just one example of the obstacles children face when they reach the cusp of adulthood. This title is part of the "Orca Soundings" series. 2005, Orca Book Publishers, Ages 13 to 15.
—Danielle Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551434629
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,117,474
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
HL580L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Where I come from, kids are divided into two groups. White kids on one side, Indiands, or First Nations, on the other. Sides of the room, sides of the field, the smoking pit, the hallway, the washrooms; you name it. We're on one side and they're on the other. They live on one side of the Forks River bridge, and we live on the other side. They hang out in their village, and we hang out in ours.

Meet the Author

Sylvia Olsen is the author of many books and has been nominated for and won numerous awards. She usually writes for children and young adults about the place between cultures where Canada's First Nations and settlers come together. She is also a storyteller who loves to work with young people to help them find their written and spoken voice. Sylvia is the mother of four and grandmother of seven. She lives in North Saanich near Victoria, British Columbia.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >