Thursday, October 3, 2013
WOUNDS by Barbara Bockman gets LADYBUGGED
Craig is hurting. At thirteen his world has shattered
into zillions of pieces and his own anger has turned him into a problem child...but compared to his dad...well, his father isn't dealing too well with the death of the center of their world, his beloved wife...Craig's mother.
Alcohol has always been a far too constant buddy for Craig's dad, but it's become a much too easy "other world" for him to slip into now that his pain is beyond his minimal control.
Regrettably though, alcohol is never an answer to solving pain, physical or emotional...nor does it block our perceived guilt...if anything it magnifies it.
Magnifying guilt and impotent self rage, especially when there's someone more vulnerable around to aim that rage at leads to all we hold dear with us spiraling into the abyss of major disaster right along with us.
Craig...beaten for the last time, and reeling from his own rage, acts out from the depths of his fury and pain...but ultimately his deed, as horrific as it is, thanks to the compassion and understanding of an amazing family, brings together a community...and healing.
This is one of the very best books I have ever read, no matter the genré, or age group, concerning every aspect of loss, guilt, misguided rage, alcohol, and ultimately, forgiveness.
Barbara Bockman has earned
FIVE STARS and an
A-1 recommendation for all teachers to read this book and then factor it into your lesson plan. You will be glad you did.