When Loose Ends Meet

The Year I Didn’t Eat by Samuel Pollen

****Starred Review*** Gr. 6-9  For 14-year-old bird enthusiast Max Howarth, life is a challenge not only because he has family issues but also because he’s  anorexic. He thinks about food 16 hours a day, and despite all the knowledge he has about his illness, its grip grows increasingly tighter. His journal—addressed to “Ana,” whose voice taunts him at every turn—is filled with his most intimate feelings about himself and the people and events in his life. Max’s journal entries alternate with the narrative and teem with questions and emotions he can’t otherwise express. [Read More]

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