Author: Kathryn Laskey
Summary:Though Georgie reads polio statistics in the paper daily and sees victims on TV, she never expected to find a polio victim in the backyard next door. Teenaged Phyllis is in an iron lung and seems hungry for company – both Georgie’s and her good-looking elder brother Emmett’s. As Georgie gets to know Phyllis better, she realizes that much of her happy persona is, in fact, a lie, and all Phyllis really wishes for is death – freedom from her iron prison. And Emmett, thinking he is helping her recuperate, may be just the person to help Phyllis accomplish her goal.
Review:Though length and content may not be appropriate for a younger reader, this story was well told and quite fascinating with a unique subject matter. Lasky not only entertains her readers but raises several questions worthy of discussion that surrounded the polio epidemic of the fifties.