Cooney, Caroline B. A friend at midnight.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Book review

COONEY, Caroline B. A friend at midnight. Random House. 183p. c2006. 978-0-385-73327-4. $8.99. JS*

I've always considered Cooney's stories entertaining and good additions to YA collections to attract reluctant readers. This one surprised me and made me understand Cooney has talents I didn't realize. It is about fury, righteous fury, and about how difficult it is to forgive. Cooney writes about a teenager, only 15 years old, who is placed in a most difficult situation. Lily's parents are divorced, her mother remarried and out of town, when Lily gets a phone call from her eight-year-old brother Michael at the BWI airport. He is frantic. Their irresponsible father has angrily deserted him and he is all alone. Lily must figure out a way to get to Baltimore from NYC to pick up Michael, who hysterically makes her promise not to tell their mother because he blames himself for his father's desertion. Lily manages to get Michael home safely, and for a year they keep their secret. Michael is a devastated little boy, and Lily is worried about his sanity. She has screamed at their father that he is scum and no longer her father. Her rage for her father spills over into rage at God, the God she hears about in church. The minister preaches about a Jesus who is a...

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