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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blade Silver

Blade Silver

Author: Melody Carlson
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 1576835359
pages: 190

3 (out of 5) stars

Plot Summary

Ruth Wallace knows she can only hide the scars on her arms for so long. Cutting herself doesn't make her problems disappear, but at least it helps her cope.PRuth needs to find someway, any way, to heal her scars, the ones she hides and the ones she can't, before something terrible happens.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/313424.Blade_Silver

Critical Evaluation

I read another one of Melody Carlson's book last year entitled Finding Alice. I enjoyed and thought I would try another one by her. Carlson writes christian fiction that is quite bearable. I much care for christian fiction that is overly preachy or the main point of the novel. Carlson writes about christian as a backdrop to her novels. It is a way her characters find peace and solace.

Reader’s Annotation

Ruth has a secret that hides beneath her long sleeves. She can only keep her secret for so long.

Information about the author

Chris, my husband of 29 years, and I live in a cabin in the woods near the beautiful Cascade Mountains in the Pacific Northwest. Our two sons are grown and we're the proud grandparents of a beautiful granddaughter.

http://melodycarlson.com/info.shtml. Melody Carlson has a lovely bio with pictures at this location. It is worth a visit.

Genre

christian fiction. also realistic fiction.

Curriculum Ties

social studies. psychology. health

Booktalking Ideas

*Do you know someone who cuts to deal with the pain?

Reading Level

age 13 and up

Challenge Issues

This book deals with a young teen who cuts herself to deal with her emotional pain.

It is best to be prepared for a book challenge before it is challenged. It is important to read the book all the way through and to have read both positive and negative reviews of the book from professionals and teens as well. Be aware of the library’s collection policy. Also check for any awards the book may have won. It would be beneficial to see how other library’s may have handled challenges for this particular book in the past.

Why Included?

Christian fiction has a place in every public libraries young adult collection. This is a good example of a main stream christian fiction book

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