A Map of Nowhere Social Sensitivity

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Cross handles her moral theme with great tact and respect for the differing sensibilities of readers. While characters of strong religious inclination are crucial in the novel, they never preach specific doctrine. Rather, through discussions between Nick and Joseph, moral values are explored in terms of social good and responsibility for one's own actions. In addition, the novel suggests the equal worth of male and female capabilities. The strong, perceptive character Ruth holds a pivotal moral role of Game Master. In The Company of Terry's bikers, "firebug" Donna holds her own.

Social problems do receive treatment in the novel, and these involve gang activity, robbery, arson, and trouble with the police. Cross believes that younger readers need to be warned that real adult life is serious as well as joyful, that it can be violent, dramatic, and marked by danger and irrevocable choices. She also believes...

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