Recall how far our isolated characters have come. When Steel opened this story, we saw the isolated Ginny preparing to jump to a pre-Christmas demise in the icy East River. She was distracted from that terrible end by one we might call Blue-of-the-shed, a fellow with no blue skies before him, only grey.
Freedom by staying within boundaries
Life for these two did not remain so dismal but became brighter than either of them imagined. Blue, who always did better with adults than peers, has found himself surrounded by interested and capable adults. Most significant of these is his bond with Ginny, a surrogate mom of sorts. Beyond Ginny, there is Julio at Houston Street, detective Jane Sanders, and attorney Andrew O’Connor.
Blue has not lost his freedom to run away. Even though he has the freedom to run back to the streets he stays in the helpful confines that Ginny has raised around him: school 1, Houston street, and now LaGuardia Arts high school. [Read more…]