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The Outside Child by Nina Bawden (2011-06-03)

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  • By imaloserdude on October 28, 2010

    Imagine that you are an only child, adored by your father, but living with two eccentric aunts. He is out on a ship most of the time, so you see him only when he's in port, and then only briefly. At the age of thirteen, while visiting him on his ship, you look through the family photos on his desk and find one you've not seen before, a picture of a woman and two children. You are curious. Who are these people? You ask, but don't get answers.You are thirteen and discover that your father has another wife, and children. You have a brother and a sister. How might you feel about everyone keeping it a secret from you for all of these years? Of course you'd want to meet them, but you're hurt at being kept on the "outside" of this new family.Jane wants to know who these people are, so she and her best friend, Plato, seek to find out on their own. They sneak around trying to discover the answers to their problems, getting themselves into trouble, and are eventually found out. How does this go? Well, read the story and you'll find out.Bawden has crafted a very independent and curious character in Jane, and to a lesser degree her best friend, Plato. Her efforts to make the drama work, though, have left her with adults who willfully keep secrets from children, secrets that they have no right to keep hidden. Young adult readers will feel the pain that Jane feels in the story as adult after adult pretends that her words were not spoken, that she did not ask a question. They come across as tough, rigid, uncaring, and focused only on their own lives and happiness. Bawden tries too hard to show how weak the father (and his mother) are, unwilling to stand up for what is right. He in effect abandoned his daughter for the sake of a new wife and new children.The ending didn't settle well with me, though I see how it was all tied up together. With only a few pages left, I suspected as much as I neared the end. I expected something else after working my way though 232 pages.

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