Monday, October 08, 2012
NOW AND THEN
T.J has always taken care of his sister, Angela. In and out of foster homes, T.J. was the only one who could coax his sister out of her bad moods. He was the only one who knew why she made origami paper cranes and let them fly whenever she could. He tried to protect her from the truth about their mother until neither of them could bear the lies anymore. Now, though, T.J. is waiting in the Emergency Room for his sister to wake up from a bad fall. They have a new life now, with new parents, and a new house, but their painful past still haunts them. As T.J. sits waiting for Angela to wake up, he remembers all of the things - good and bad - that got them to this point and will shape their future - if she ever wakes up.
Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch is a heart-breaking story of a young boy coming to terms with his past and looking toward a brighter future. This book would be great for middle school fans of A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer.