Author: Elizabeth Marek
Genre: Fiction, wild children
I have a fascination with "wild children" like those old stories of children raised by wolves or something. Part of it is a horror that they could be forgotten and abused and lost, but a lot of it has to do with the language acquisition problems. How do you teach language to a child who has none? How do you help a child overcome their obstacles to become the human being God created them as?
This story is about a little girl whose father has kept her in their apartment for years, ever since her mother died. She doesn't know that it's strange or even unhealthy; she just knows that her father takes care of her and that the world is scary.
One day her father doesn't come home at the usual time and after 3 or 4 hours she panics and decides to go look for him. Instead she ends up in a psychiatric hospital with a caring doctor who wants to help her.
I love happy endings and this one follows through. For a poignant ride through a child's heart, and the heart of a grieving mother, read this book.