“POLARITY IN MOTION”
by BRENDA VICARS
CONTEMPORARY YOUNG ADULT
(ELEMENTS OF INTER-RACIAL ROMANCE)
Fifteen-year-old Polarity Weeks just wants to lead a normal life, but with a mother diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, that’s rarely easy.
Her life gets more disastrous when her sixth-period history classmates start ogling a nude picture of her on the Internet. Polarity would never have struck such a shameless pose, but she’s at a complete loss to explain its existence.
Child Protective Services yanks her from her home, suspecting her parents. The kids at school mock her, assuming she took it herself. And Ethan, the boy she was really starting to like, backpedals and joins the taunting chorus.
Brenda Vicars has worked in Texas public education for many years. Her jobs have included teaching, serving as a principal, and directing student support programs. For three years, she also taught college English to prison inmates.
She entered education because she felt called to teach, but her students taught her the biggest lesson: the playing field is not even for all kids. Through her work, she became increasingly compelled to bring their unheard voices to the page. The heartbeat of her fiction emanates from the courage and resiliency of her students.
EXTRACT from “POLARITY IN MOTION”
Deputy Gonzales changed the subject. “I love your name, Polarity. Is there a story behind that?”
“Mom knows that BPD can cause her to see people as perfect or evil. She named me Polarity, spanning positive and negative, to remind her that I’m not one or the other.” The deputy and Mrs. Sims froze—surprised and listening. “She wanted to be sure that she never judged me the way that borderlines tend to do.” I hardly ever tell people this, but I guess the hundreds of questions yesterday and today were wearing me down.
For once Mrs. Sims didn’t write on a form. She and Deputy Gonzales sat in silence as if waiting for more. I let them wait—there was nothing more to say.
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