Saturday, October 19, 2013
Don't Feed the Boy by Irene Latham
Whit's parents work and live at the zoo, and he is forbidden from leaving the grounds. They seem to care more about the zoo than their own son. He meets a girl, Stella, who comes to the zoo every day, drawing pictures of the birds. She uses the zoo to escape from her home life. Her father lives with alcohol and painkillers, a loaded gun kept under his chair. Whit realizes Stella's life is in serious danger, and he'll do anything to help her. When Stella disappears, something drastic needs to happen.
The setting's a bit unusual, but it's a nice plot. It's a good story of friendship, and it should also appeal to animal lovers. Both characters have their own family issues, but they find comfort and safety in each other. Overall, it was an entertaining story.