Carmine's story ISBN: 9780822525820
Published by Lerner Publications, 1997
Ten year old Carmine has AIDS. He lives in New York with his grandmother. This harrowing book with text and black and white photographs is his story - how he copes, his daily life, the fact his mother died of AIDS because she shared needles, his loneliness - but he also has great courage. He knows he is dying, and the little boy in the pictures looks out at us with sadness beyond his years. But there is no self-pity. In the end we are told he has died, and his friends will send up balloons in his memory every year on his birthday. Much information about AIDS is included in the story, and there is a basic glossary. The bibliography of further reading and the list of addresses and helplines will not be of much use in Britain. The book is distributed here by Turnaround (0181 8293000).