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Catherine Dunphy.
Toronto, ON: James Lorimer & Co., 1992.
164pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 155028-372-3. (A Degrassi Book; 20). CIP.


Kathryn Ellis.
Toronto, ON: James Lorimer & Co., 1992.
150pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 1-55028-361-8. (A Degrassi Book; 19). CIP.


Susin Neilsen.
Toronto, ON: James Lorimer & Co., 1992.
196pp., paper, $4.95.
ISBN 155028-368-5. (A Degrassi Book; 18). CIP.

BLT Grades 6-9 / Ages 11-14
Maya Grades 7-9 / Ages 12-14
Snake Grades 8-10 / Ages 13-15

Reviewed by Margaret Mackey.

Volume 20 Number 4
1992 September

Although they are written by different authors, these Degrassi books have much in common. They tend to deal with a single theme and to err on the side of the well-meaning didactic. Maya is about a girl making the best of life in a wheelchair, with a sideways look at sexual relationships among sixteen-year-olds. BLT is about a boy who tries to keep up with a rich set of friends and is in danger of losing sight of his true values. Snake is about a boy who learns that his admired older brother is gay and wrestles with his feelings both about his brother and about his own sexuality.

All of these books are likely to be very popular. They are simply written but not unduly simplistic in their message. The references to specific movies on general release may date them quickly, but otherwise they cater successfully to those readers who still relish a series book with a set of very familiar characters but who want to think about wider issues.

Of the three, BLT is by far the simplest and Snake the most challenging. Both Maya and Snake discuss questions of sexuality in a moderate amount of detail.

Margaret Mackey is a Ph.D. student in secondary education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.
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