Isolation suits young Sarah Graves. As longa s she doesn't enlarge her world, her secret is safe; and as long as her secret is safe, her world is not likely to split apart. But when she learns that a boy at school has suffered terrible burns over most of his body, she cannot help but envision a friendshp based on a mutual knowledge of unspeakable pain.
The Basket Maker deftly weaves together the story of Sarah and Trent's uneasy alliance with the stories of teh adults in their lives. There is a mothe rwho worshps academic knowledge and yet has so shut herself off from the world around her that she can no longer properly care for her children; another mother whose desire to protect her ailing chld nearly causes her to push away what he neds most to heal; an old woman whose inability to act is tied to embarrassment regarding the circumstances of her husband's death; the ghost of an Indian chief whose unresolved grief has kept him from crossing over into the spirit world; and a father who has been swallowed whole by his own lack of nurture.