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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Maranda Russell Reviews The Battle for Tomorrow

Title: The Battle for Tomorrow: a Fable
Author: Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 978-1-61204-219-0

Reviewed by Maranda Russell

Most of the books I read and review are fairly innocent, but “The Battle for Tomorrow” steps out of this comfort zone and addresses some real nitty-gritty details about what it is like for many kids growing up today.
Written by Dr. Stuart Jeanne Bramhall, “The Battle for Tomorrow” is the tale of a sixteen-year-old girl named Angela who is pretty much raising herself. Her mother is now disabled to the point that Angela has taken the role of caretaker, but even before her mother’s disability, Angela never felt loved and supported by her parental figures.

The story really picks up when Angela meets a political activist who is deeply involved in political and environmental issues. Angela soon finds herself tangled in this new world, even going so far as to participate in a blockade and occupation of the Capitol. Of course, even non-violent protests have consequences, so Angela ends up incarcerated at a juvenile detention facility where the real battle begins. Faced with the possibility of being put in the custody of children’s services, Angela decides to fight for emancipation, eventually even including the ACLU in her fight.
I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but there are a few things I feel it is important to share with potential readers. First of all, this is not a book I would recommend for younger teenagers. Some of the issues it deals with are pretty mature. In fact, when the book starts out Angela is trying to get her second abortion. The author presents this and other adult matter in realistic, emotional and sometimes brutal ways. This honesty is what makes the book fascinating and meaningful, but it also makes it questionable for younger readers.

Overall, this book is a book which is much-needed in today’s world when many kids are left to raise themselves or planted in front of an electronic babysitter all day. The story raises many important issues about independence, emancipation, political dilemmas and parental responsibility (or the lack of it).

To find out more about this book, please visit the author’s website.
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