ALIVE & STARTING OVER
New York : Charles Scribner's
IL 5-8 .
Jessica Van Norden is fifteen
and living with her father and his new wife. Jessica had lived with her
Grandmother for awhile but her Grandmother was so obsessed with her aches
and pains, it was making Jessica a bit nuts. Now she feels she's in the
way of her father and his new wife. She really wants to go to boarding
school like her friends have done. She meets a new boy and finds his support
helpful. He is very uneasy talking about illness and tries to avoid any
discussion of it. Jessica's Grandmother has become ill and needs to go
to a nursing home. Jessica can't understand why Peter won't talk to her
about her feelings until she finds out that Peter has hemophilia and doesn't
want anything to do with illness. When Peter is in a motorcycle accident,
Jessica spends time with him in the hospital. She knows she'll miss him
terribly if she goes away, she's still determined to go to boarding school.
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