Author:  Linda Schlossberg
ISBN:  978-0-7582-3843-6

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There are books out there on library shelves that make you laugh, make you cry, take you on the adventure of a lifetime, scare you to death, and educate you on all aspects of history.  There are only a small few, however, that make you truly stop and think; think about the issues that face people in their hectic, anxiety-ridden lives, and how all the pain and angst that’s building every day in this world affects the children who have to watch things – including their own family – fall apart around them.  This is one of those stories.
 
Adie was born three months premature, and what she hears mostly in her life is how lucky she is to be alive.  Her mother had her on the last day of the 1960’s and calls Adie a miracle birth.  Her sister, Miriam was already four years old when Adie came into the world, and, unfortunately, their dad left before Adie was even born.
 
Adie gets teased constantly in school, always the shortest and smallest; but Miriam, her big sister, is her idol.  Miriam has the perfect posture and even teases her hair so that she can be taller.  She loves Adie and tries to save her from their mother’s ridiculous actions that seem to be getting even more ridiculous
with each passing day.

 
Mom is slightly odd.  She’s a good mom who loves her daughters, but she seems to worry a great deal about things that Miriam and Adie can’t even see.  Mom talks all the time about how horrific the world is, and begs her daughters never to hang out with teens who even look like they could be up to something.  She’s constantly scared about the neighborhoods that she and the girls’ live in…even going so far as to pick them up and move them from apartment to apartment in order to,”stay one step ahead of the bad guys” that Mom knows are following her wherever she goes.
 
Miriam tries with all her might to calm their mother down, and is always there for Adie so that she can have a somewhat normal life.  Even when Mom goes away for a “rest,” Miriam makes sure to take care of her younger sister and try to protect her from the strange things their Mom is saying and doing.  Until one day, after Mom has decided to once again pack up and move because men are following her in a white car around town, Miriam just can’t take it anymore.  She’s so tired of having to pack up her life, leave her friends, and deal with a mother who is just too far out there…and she leaves.
 
Unfortunately, poor Adie is still stuck with Mom – racing down dark streets at night, holing up in old hotels, and hiding from mysterious men while watching her mother break apart at the seams.  The story that follows – the adventures that Adie has to live through while struggling to get her older sister back and her family back together – is a true piece of classic literature that no reader will soon forget.
 
We all put barriers and limitations on ourselves – physical, financial, mental – that we have to overcome in order to dream and persevere through this world of reality television shows, and a constant barrage of news stations offering the worst pictures and stories that mankind has to offer.  This author has certainly done a fantastic job of showing what can happen if our brains finally decided that they’ve simply had enough.  This book should be on all library shelves!
 

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