Hildagarde Gray

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Topics come and go as surely as the seasons—remember a few years ago when every other juvenile fiction was student rebellion, or black-white problems, then drugs, then divorce and runaways—now abortion/pre-marital sex is in….

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Mia Alone is on the abortion bandwagon. It gives no solutions, no sound advice, no pattern to follow. But it offers what many others have not—the barren feeling of loneliness that is the common denominator for all deeds falling outside social structure; the leader and the renegade alike share this, the young and the old, the male and the female.

While trying to decide on abortion as an answer to possible pregnancy, Mia learns that ultimately we are all alone—and much strength is needed to face this fact and carry on. There should be no hesitation in placing this book in either religious or public school, since no stand is taken. The hell of decision is the same everywhere.

Hildagarde Gray, in her review of "Mia Alone," in Best Sellers (copyright © 1975 Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation), Vol. 35, No. 4, July, 1975, p. 95.

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