by Beth Webb Hart

June 2006
ISBN: 1-5955-4027-X
Reviewer Graphic Button WestBow Press
Trade Paperback

“Pipe down, Piper!” is a familiar refrain to Adelaide Piper, and one she hates. She has become something of a sore spot in her community when she attacks the paper mills in her South Carolina community by writing poetry about the pollution it causes. She causes more problems when she asks a black boy to be her date to a school dance.

With high school graduation approaching, Adelaide applies for college in Virginia, hoping that this will seal her permanent escape from paper mills and second cousins. But for a sheltered small town southern girl, college was one shock after another from day one. Who knew that colleges have gay and lesbian activist groups? And what about the razing that began immediately?

Tragedy and heartbreak follow Adelaide until she is forced to return to the place she once cursed. Has Adelaide learned to appreciate the southern culture and her heritage?

Adelaide Piper is a coming of age story which is well-written. There are several things in the book that I didn’t really appreciate as a reader, but they are all part of real-life, making this book very realistic.

Adelaide didn’t seem to have much Christian faith as the book begins (at least it wasn’t mentioned at all) but as events happen, she learns to put her trust in Christ. The faith message is expertly done. All in all, Adelaide Piper is an excellent book, and one I recommend. I would like to see a sequel for this book to see where Adelaide ends up going in her life.

Reviewed in May 2006 by Laura.

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