Positively

Positively
Age Range
8+
Release Date
September 15, 2009
ISBN
1416971696
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Since the day Emerson Pressman and her mother were diagnosed as HIV positive, nothing has been the same. When her mother dies of AIDS, Emmy has to go live with the father and stepmother she barely knows, and she feels more alone than ever. Now she has to take pills by herself, and there is no one left who understands what it's like to be afraid every time she has a cold. But when her father decides to send her to Camp Positive, a camp for HIV-positive children, Emmy begins to realize that she's not alone after all, and that sometimes, opening up to other people can make all the difference in the world.

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A Passionate Book
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Reader reviewed by Ruthie

If youre quick to cry I suggest buying a book of tissues along with this book. Its truly a heart-wrenching novel. Not only does it encounter the loss of a parent but also the horror of dealing with AIDS. I dont think teenagers know enough about this tough subject, which is why they joke about it. I mean, do you see kids laughing about cancer? No, you dont because they know about it and many have had it touch them. Thats why I really like to read books on AIDS and other STDs. The more kids read about it, the closer the subject appears. Emmy was an easy character to relate to and I think she can touch anyones soul. When reading this book you could feel the Sheinmels passion on the subject seep through the lines, especially after reading the authors notes. No matter how old you are or how naive, this book will touch you and I definitely recommend it.
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Positively Hopeful
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Reader reviewed by Julie M. Prince

Positively follows the journey of Emerson Emmy Price as she moves into a new life. A life without her mother, who recently passed away of AIDS complications. HIV-positive Emmy is pretty sure shell share the same fate. So whats the point of even trying to fit into her new life? After all, her dad doesnt really want her to live with him. Hes got a new wife and a baby on the way. As if to prove her point, Emmys father ships her off to summer camp before shes even unpacked her new room. So now Emmy is surrounded by a bunch of other HIV-positive girls with the same uncertain futures and unanswered questions she has.


But something changes for Emmy at Camp Positive, where people appear to be just that&positive.


This book is a treatise on hope, and how to live life in the present. The unique viewpoint, from the vantage of an adolescent with HIV, allows for an interesting take on typical topics. So, while a deceased parent may not be unusual in middle grade literature, a girl who has been sentenced to a possible death-sentence herself in addition to losing a parent is.


The thing that makes this seemingly dark outlook bearable is the narration by a realistic and sympathetic girl, who learns (along with the reader) how to deal with her lifes new path.


Author Courtney Sheinmel (My So-Called Family), strikes a fair balance of her characters emotions. Emmys understandable bitterness and rage do not overshadow her sweet and hopeful nature, even as she struggles to keep the memory of her dead mother close and faces nothing but uncertainty.


The emotion of this book is powerful and real, while the tone is gentle and manageable. A well-handled coming-of-age story with a twist.


Off to read another page&.
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