Jones, Traci L, Silhouetted in Blue. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2011. Pgs. 200. Language: G, Violence: G, Sexual Content: PG
Ever since her mother was killed in a car accident, Serena Shaw is the glue that’s been holding her family together. Her father keeps going in and out of debilitating depression. Her brother, too young to completely take care of himself, has to rely heavily on Serena to make sure he gets to and from school okay each day, is fed, and that his homework is all done. Longing to be a part of the school play, Serena tries out and gets the lead for The Wiz. Just as she gets the part, however, her father sinks into one of his bouts of depression. This means that the two hours she needs after school every day for the play will conflict with her brother’s need to get home from Can Serena find a way to be in the school play and take care of her brother?
A good book for girls dealing with depression or if they know someone who is dealing with it. The characters are likable. The plot is slow-paced, but appeals to one’s emotional side. Readers who like realistic fiction, books that deal with hard issues, and family stories will enjoy reading this book. Ms, HS. OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.