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He Will Not Walk with Me
     

He Will Not Walk with Me

by Alice Bach
 

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Gr 7-10 To impress her minister, a media celebrity who preaches about helping the homeless, and on whom she has a crush, teenager Hallie Clement volunteers at Communion House, a soup kitchen in New York City's Lower East Side. Even though peeling potatoes and passing out coffee is not glamorous, she perseveres. Her idea of impressing Reverend Alcott never works as she plannedhe never comes to the kitchen, hardly pays attention when she tells him about it and does not following through on a food collection that he promised. In a final desperate attempt to gain his attention, Hallie stays out on the streets one night until she herself is forced to run to Communion House for help, knowing that she can count on someone being there who will care. The street people are well depictedreaders can see them, hear them, and even smell them. However, the other characters are not so well defined, coming across as lifeless and superficial. Still, Bach's story holds one's attention, and the lesson is one that is always timely: recognizing the difference between real service and that of lip service. Connie Weber, Bishop Dwenger High School Library, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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ISBN-13:
9780385294102
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Pages:
192
Age Range:
12 Years

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