Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

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The Dark Light

The Dark Light

1998 Story Books
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Mette Newth
ISBN: 0-374-31701-1
Hardcover Price: $18.00
Living on the coast of Norway early in the nineteenth century, thirteen-year-old Tora's life is anything but idyllic. She does have the comfort of a loving mother and Endre, her best friend - not to mention the exquisite beauty of her surroundings. Her beloved mother, however, not only disappears after contracting leprosy, she passes the disease onto Tora who is banished to the leprosy hospital in Bergen.

This amazing novel is not for everyone. It is truly one of the most realistically grim novels for young people I have ever read. Tora suffers terribly and all the characters are much acquainted with decay and death ... and yet, the novel itself is illuminated by the goodness of the main character. It is also suffused with the sheer power of books to alleviate suffering. The twin powers of love and literacy shine more strongly in this great darkness.

Kemie Nix   ©1998 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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