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Kosmachuk, Joan Dower
Winnipeg, Windflower Communications, 1992. 85pp, paper, $6.95, ISBN 1-895308-07-0. CIP

Grades 6 to 8/Ages 11 to 13

Reviewed by Edith Parsons

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

In this simplistic look at the abortion issue, thirteen-year-old Rebecca wishes that she were an only child and is embarrassed by her mother's fifth pregnancy. When she confesses her feelings to her best friend Kate, Kate confides that her mother has had an abortion. Rebecca tries to convince her mother that she too should choose an abortion.

A subsequent ultrasound for her mother quickly convinces Rebecca that the fetus is a human being and that abortion is wrong. When she shows Kate the ultrasound picture of her sibling, Kate becomes irrational and subsequently enters counselling with her mother. Their counselling has an obvious Christian bias and Kate's mother comes to realize that even though what she did was wrong, God has forgiven her. At the same time, Rebecca becomes involved with Kevin, who tells her that he has always been grateful to his birth mother for giving him life as well as two loving, adoptive parents.

Kosmachuk's plot is predictable and her characters are one-dimensional. Rebecca's Summer is a black-and-white, narrow look at a complex issue. Teen readers deserve better.

This book is not recommended.

Edith Parsons is Assistant Manager, Information Division, at Edmonton Public Library in Edmonton Alberta

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