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Windle, Jeanette. Jana's journal.

Kregel Publications (P.O. Box 2607, Grand-Rapids, MI 49501-2607; 236p. c2002. 0-8254-4117-X. $12.99. JS

Seventeen-year-old Jana JANA Journal of American Nutraceutical Association
JANA Jamahiriyah News Agency
JANA Joint Army-Navy-Air Force
 Thompson Thompson, city, Canada
Thompson, city (1991 pop. 14,977), central Man., Canada, on the Burntwood River. A mining town, it developed after large nickel deposits were discovered in the area in 1956.
 tells the story of her senior year in a Christian Christian

flees the City of Destruction. [Br. Lit.: Pilgrim’s Progress]

See : Escape


travels to Celestial City with cumbrous burden on back. [Br. Lit.
 private school through a series of journal entries that will keep teens reading. She thinks this year should be perfect, but it is starting out as a disaster. Jana has always been dependable, responsible, and someone that her parents, friends, and teachers could rely on for help. When things don't don't  

1. Contraction of do not.

2. Nonstandard Contraction of does not.

A statement of what should not be done: a list of the dos and don'ts.
 go smoothly for her, Jana decides to change her appearance and her personality and put herself first in everything, in a selfish self·ish  
1. Concerned chiefly or only with oneself: "Selfish men were . . . trying to make capital for themselves out of the sacred cause of human rights" Maria Weston Chapman.
 misinterpretation of the "Love others as you love yourself" adage.

Jana soon discovers that these changes are not all that she thought they would be. Her new friends are shallow, undependable, and some are even unlikable. She disappoints many of her people in her school who previously valued her help. Her parents are not pleased with her, and her brother feels emotionally abandoned by her. She finds her new "popular" boyfriend boring, and Jana herself is confused and unhappy. At this point, she is drawn, unwillingly at first, into a program at an inner city neighborhood center in which her church youth group participates. As she slowly begins to help, she starts to lose the arrogant ar·ro·gant  
1. Having or displaying a sense of overbearing self-worth or self-importance.

2. Marked by or arising from a feeling or assumption of one's superiority toward others:
 prejudice that she has always held toward inner city teens, and she begins to see them as people just like herself. As the story progresses, Jana befriends Maria, a young girl who is a member of one of the fiercest, most violent gangs in town. She first catches Maria stealing food and can't understand why, but slowly gets Maria to confide in her by showing that she cares about what happens to her. In a dramatic conclusion, Jana is held hostage hostage, person held by another as a guarantee that certain actions or promises will or will not be carried out. During periods of internal turmoil, insurgents often seize hostages; recent examples include seizures of Americans and other foreigners by militants in  and almost killed by rival gang members, but is saved by Maria and timely help from her father and other true friends.

This is an interesting story of Jana's coming-of-age, especially her realization that the sheltered world of her Christian private school and her privileged life are not the only realities for teens and others in her town. Christian principles and ideals are heavily used throughout the story as Jana struggles to find herself, and of course, she ultimately chooses these principles by which to live. Teens will be drawn to the journal format, and libraries that stock Christian fiction will definitely want this one. Nancy Chrismer, Libn., Juniata H.S h.s.,
n Latin phrase for “at bedtime”; used in writing prescriptions.
., Mifflintown, PA
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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