Green Angel by Alice Hoffman
Definitely a book for girls, Green Angel by Alice Hoffman has appealed in my classes to reluctant and avid readers alike. With a reading level suitable for middle school and early high school, the myth-like qualities of this thin volume make it an enjoyable read for any age. The tale is about a fifteen year old girl whose family leaves her behind one day to go on an ordinary errand and, suffering a disaster, never returns. As she struggles to survive on her own in an uncertain world, she enters a self-destructive depression. Slowly she becomes aware that others may be in need of her compassion; her ability to respond to that need puts her back onto a path of recovery.
As myths are metaphorical stories about human nature and passage, this story is metaphor for a girl’s passage from childhood into adulthood. As does the protagonist of this story, many young teenage girls can feel the loneliness and self-doubt as they ”lose” the comforting world of their families and begin to navigate the wider world on their own. Green Angel confirms that a girl’s own heart will see her through.