Discover the Passion Behind the Sell
This other YA book is written by a well-known and talented writer. It’s the winner of a prestigious award, which has landed it in most middle and high school libraries. In some schools it’s required reading.
This is the story of four teenagers, three boys and a girl, who are left alone over the holidays at a boarding school with no adults, no supervision, no accountability and no consequences. Their goal is to break every rule. They are promiscuous and drunk. The author shows the readers what a great life this is. These kids are falling down drunk, laughing and having a great time, life of the party, with no consequences. ....
This book makes me angry. Not because of the subject matter. We need to talk about drinking. Underage drinking and teen alcoholism are huge problems in our country. Did you know we have eleven year- old binge drinkers? It makes me angry because it betrays the young readers. It doesn’t tell them the truth. It’s fiction, but fiction has an obligation to the truth. Fictional characters carry a lot of influence with young readers. So maybe especially in fiction, these kinds of issues need to be told truthfully. To portray a life without consequences is to lie to the reader. There are always consequences.
Cracks in the Ice is truthful. What happens to Gina, a world class figure skater, is what happens to many athletes when injury forces them off the playing field. They lose their identity, they take pain medication, try to hurry recovery, become depressed, cheer up with alcohol. No one sets out to become an alcoholic; but it happens. In my book you don’t see the fall-down-laughing silly drunk. You will see the truth of how devastating this illness is. But, it also gives hope. Gina returns to the faith of her childhood; she discovers Al Anon and joins AA. She reinvents her life, puts her skating talents to work in a new way and finds joy in a different kind of victory.
If one student reads this book and changes the direction of his or her life, if one teen decides to confront a friend in need, if only one youngster who lives in an alcoholic family finds Al Anon, or one who is already in trouble turns to AA, then this book has earned its spot on the library shelf. There are discussion questions at the end of the book which could help open the discussion with friends or parents. We need to talk about this. We already know lectures and statistics don’t help. Perhaps teen fiction can.
I’m working hard to get this book into high school and middle school libraries. It’s not about money. I’m passionate about teen drinking and teen alcoholism. I’m passionate enough to ask for your help. Go to http://www.yourschoolsyourcall. They ask your name, email and the title of the book. The selected book will go into 53 schools in New Jersey. It’s a start. Thank you for sharing my passion for Cracks in the Ice.