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An epilectic teen-ager finds openhearted acceptance in time to confront her own worst fears about her condition. When March's mother enrolls in school to get her teaching degree, March is sent to live with her father for three years. Upset by the changes, she is worried sick that she will have a grand mal seizure that will reveal her epilepsy to everyone. As it happens, in her new small-town environment and with her father's dreams of raising championship collies, March finds security and friendships she had never hoped for--despite more frequent seizures. She even allows herself a dream of her own: to make her father's kennels a means for supporting them both. But before she can succeed, she must strip away the secrecy of her illness and confront the flaws in her father's biggest gamble. Framing the main story with scenes of the adult March looking back on her life is a technique that distances the reader slightly from an otherwise involving narrative. Crafted into this picture of a stubbornly independent 13-year-old is a gentle probe into the differences between physical and self-imposed limitations. A quiet, worthy book.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1990
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Scribners