Many, Paul. Walk away home.
Nick doesn't run away from home--he walks away, trudging halfway across the state to stay with his flighty but caring Aunt Wanda. He's escaping his distant parents, who are still mourning the death of his older brother, and police and school trouble, too. His aunt lives in a sort of commune of oddballs and ex-hippies, a rundown, offbeat but supportive community where Nick gradually comes to feel at home. The residents are frequently taunted by teens from the wealthy adjacent neighborhood, but when Nick meets one of these teens, Diana, they become friends, and then more than friends. Diana has troubles of her own--her father sexually abused her and she fears that he will soon start abusing her younger sisters. With Nick's help, she absconds with these girls, and in assisting her Nick learns a lot about trust and responsibility. In the end they find a home where they can all be comfortable.
Many, the author of the YA novels My Life, Take Two and These Are the Rules, tackles teen angst, the desire to prove oneself, and the search for self-understanding knowledgably and convincingly. Nick's often-wry perspective adds humor to this involving tale, and readers will care about the characters. Paula Rohrlick, KLIATT
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|Date:||Nov 1, 2002|
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