Friday, 26 November 2010
Virginia by Susan Hughes
Virginia is the youngest of six siblings in a deeply religious family. What could she possibly have to say to Ivy, whom she hasn't really been friends with in years. She confides to Ivy that she has been visited by an angel and that she wants Ivy to be a witness to what has been asked of her.
My first reaction was that this was going to be a book about religion. I kept reading and found that while Virginia and her family are religious that is only part of the story. The bigger issue is what to do when you have given your word to a friend, and then you realize that you are going to have to break that promise. Who do you tell and how much do you tell. Ivy took her promise to her friend very seriously and did intend to keep it even if she questioned whether it was true or all in Ivy's imagination, but she knew that Virginia needed help.
I thought that the way Ivy approached this dilemia was quite in keeping with a fourteen year old. As an adult I would have done differently, but then again, Ivy doesn't have years and decades of experience. I suspect that most teens find themselves in this type of situation time and again and they don't know where to turn.
Author Susan Hughes has written and published over 20 young adult and childrens books.
Thanks to Kids Can Press for this review copy.