Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Serena is excited to have won the lead role in her school's production of The Wiz.  Her life has been topsy turvy since her mother's death in a car accident a year ago and she is beginning to feel that things might be getting back to normal.  Except that her father who has always had periods of feeling blue, seems to have slipped into a more serious depression.  Serena finds herself running the household and taking care of her little brother more and more.  Her father, meanwhile, withdraws from his job, his responsibilities and his children.  Serena calls her uncle for help but has to find a way to hold everything together until her uncle can get there.  This is a realistic portrayal of a child dealing with a parent's depression.  I felt uncomfortable reading the book because I was drawn into Serena's problems.  The resolution was too fast and easy but the rest of the story has something that is, unfortunately, identifiable to some students.