THE BEGINNING OF UNBELIEF by Robin D. Jones

THE BEGINNING OF UNBELIEF

Age Range: 11 - 15
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Hal, 16, opens this contemplative journal by declaring that he doesn't believe in anything--including belief-- and closes with the realization that questioning belief, rather than rejecting it outright, is a sturdier peg on which to hang a life. Readers can follow his trail on a metaphorical level--in an episodic short story about Hal's imaginary childhood companion Zach, who learns to deal with annoying and dangerous illusions as captain of the starship Albatross--and also, more mundanely, as Hal travels between divorced parents and sees them also struggling with life's changes. Jones paints Hal as a wry self-observer with a gift for family diplomacy, and puts him into mildly comic situations that generally lead to a clearer view of himself and others. Cerebral, but not heavy. (Fiction. 11-15)

Pub Date: April 30th, 1993
ISBN: 0-689-31781-6
Page count: 153pp
Publisher: Atheneum
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1993