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Dancing Naked

Orca Book Publishers


Kia is sixteen and pregnant. Her world crumbles as she attempts to come to terms with the life growing inside her and what she must do. Initially convinced that abortion is her only option, Kia comes to understand that for her, the answers are not always black and white. As the pregnancy progresses, Kia discovers who her real friends are and where their loyalties lie. It is through her relationship with the elderly Grace that she learns what it means to take responsibility for one's life and the joy that can come from trusting oneself. Faced with the most difficult decision of her life, Kia learns that the path to adulthood is not the easily navigable trail she once thought, but a twisting labyrinth where every turn produces a new array of choices, and where the journey is often undertaken alone.

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"Useful...for readers who want to see an exploration of some choices a pregnant teen may face."

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"Exhibits a marked development in the author's style and exploration of character."

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"The subject matter, plus strong writing and plotting, invites recreational reading; also consider this for curriculum support."

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"A recommended purchase for all libraries serving young adults."

"Hrdlitschka manages to cover several sensitive topics with grace, care, and insight with a cast of fully realized characters."

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Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.

 
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What I Like About You

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Es gibt eine Million Dinge, die Halle Levitt und ihren besten Freund Nash verbinden. Sie lieben Bücher, können stundenlang reden ... Und trotzdem verschweigt Halle ihm, wer sie wirklich ist. Denn online heißt Halle Kels - ist berühmte Buchbloggerin und hat alles, was ihr im echten Leben fehlt: Freunde, eine tolle Community, Selbstvertrauen und natürlich Nash. Dann wechselt sie für ihr Abschlussjahr an eine neue Schule, und plötzlich steht Nash leibhaftig vor ihr - da ist Chaos vorprogrammiert!

 
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Snitch

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Josh had been living in a group home after being ratted out by Scott, his one-time best friend. Now he has moved in with his brother and overbearing sister-in-law and has been sent to a class designed to teach him to deal with his anger. When an old enemy continues to push his buttons and Scott appears to be up to his old tricks, Josh struggles to control his temper. Framed for a crime he didn't commit, it will take all of his new-found strength to keep his cool—and his freedom.

Also available in Spanish.

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“A swift moving plot and language designed for a 2.1 reading level make this a quick, easy, and engrossing read. Josh comes to life as a complex character, struggling with his past hardships, present conflicts and uncertain future...Recommended.”

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"What a fabulous book!...If you bring one book to one boy this year, this would be an excellent choice! (Girls and adults will like it too!)"

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"Quick plot development. The protagonist is well developed; it is easy to identify with Josh's frustrations and his growth."

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“Action and character development are nicely balanced in this well-paced novel about a kid in trouble who is still worth saving.”

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Norah McClintock won the Crime Writers of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction for young people five times. She wrote more than sixty YA novels, including contributions to Seven (the series), the Seven Sequels and the Secrets series.

 
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Sticks and Stones

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Jujube is thrilled when Brent asks her out. She is not so happy when the rumors start flying at school. Pretty soon her name is showing up on bathroom walls and everyone is whispering behind her back. When her mother gets involved, Jujube's reputation takes another hit. Deciding that someone has to take a stand, Jujube gathers all the other girls who have been labelled sluts--and worse--and tries to impress on her fellow students the damaging effects words can have on a person

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"At a time when we hear so much about bullying in schools, Sticks and Stones will encourage youngsters to find positive ways to fight back. Recommended."

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"The high interest plot works - the action starts right away and the story is filled with gossip, tears, and righteous retribution."

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"Presents a quick glimpse of teen characters in contemporary settings...certainly deals with a timely and common problem, and will appeal to the reluctant reader."

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“Demonstrates that hi-lo books do not automatically have to be of lesser literary quality. By launching the new hi-lo series with titles of already proven quality and interest from well-established YA authors, Orca Soundings are off to a fine start. Highly Recommended.”

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“This novel is an easy to read book with strong dialogue...Students will be interested in the character of Jujube and...the situation will be a familiar one.”

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Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

 
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Exposure

Orca Book Publishers | Orca Soundings


Julie is tired of being tormented at school, tired of not fitting in and being the butt of jokes. When her brother brings home a camera with images of her chief tormentor in a compromising situation, she sees a way to level the playing field. When her attempt at turning the tables goes wrong, she is left even more on the outside and struggling to do the right thing.

Also available in Spanish.

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“Revenge is at best bittersweet and Murdoch takes this reality into the heart of high school with characters YAs can relate to.”

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"Its dialogue sparkles and the characters are believable and real...highly recommended."

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“An excellent book for reluctant readers. With a strong story, straightforward language and interesting, plausible characters, this book deals with real situations and emotions that any high school student might encounter. Highly Recommended.”

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"A compelling, albeit condensed, discussion of bullying from the viewpoints of the abuser and the victim."

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"There is a sophistication about this book that works well to gain and maintain interest without preaching to the converted. There's more show than tell here, and that speaks volumes."

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"Well written and thoughtful…will be popular with reluctant readers."

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A language arts teacher, Patricia Murdoch knows all too well the importance of learning to read and the power of a strong story. She lives in Bradford, Ontario.

 
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Escape Velocity

Orca Book Publishers


Lou's dad has been addicted to painkillers since an accident left him unable to work. He's a good, loving dad, but kind of useless. Lou's mother, Zoe, a successful novelist, abandoned Lou at birth and showed no interest in her until three years ago, when Lou was twelve. Their relationship since then has been strained, but when Lou's dad has a stroke, there is nowhere else for her to go while he recovers. Lou struggles to find her bearings and figure out why her mom left her all those years ago. She is convinced the answers are in Zoe's fiction, but when Lou's grandmother, Heather, appears at a reading, Lou realizes she may have misjudged her mother.

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[Starred Review] "A nuanced story that is both familiar and inspiring...Escape Velocity is a subtle meditation on both the ties that bind and the difficulties that divide."

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"Stevenson excels at writing stories about complex family relationships and Escape Velocity is no exception."

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"This novel exquisitely captures the angst adolescents experience when dealing with parental and peer conflicts...The plot twists and turns, and readers can empathize with Lou's predicament. Stevenson creates an engaging story which will appeal to female adolescents addressing identity issues and family turmoil."

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"Lou's pain and alienation is palpable, and her desire to both protect and escape her father is understandable. This is a multilayered, emotionally draining—yet hopeful—novel that will allow many teens to recognize their own ambivalence towards their parents, as well as the need to escape velocity—the speed an object requires to break free from a gravitational pull—in their lives."

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"[An] enjoyable read. Stevenson skillfully and gingerly balances difficult concepts, such as abandonment, drug abuse and loss, through her use and development of dynamic and honest characters, thereby allowing readers to mull over the intricacies of their own personal relationships."

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"Lou is a reliable narrator and a likable character...Enjoyable for fans of realistic fiction focused on family dynamics and relationships."

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"A good choice for middle and high school girls who are looking for truth in relationships."

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"Beautifully written, easy to get into (and over too quickly, I thought!). While the book has its moments of genuine sadness and unwelcome surprise, it is also inspiring (without ever being melodramatic or sappy)...I would recommend this title for those who enjoy contemporary and/or slightly more sophisticated YA [novels]."

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"Stevenson has managed to craft a unique book: she has inserted adventure into a novel about family turmoil...Lou's desire to know the truth about her family will resonate with many young adults trying to understand their own family dynamics. The central conflict of this book is certainly an intriguing one that will captivate some young adults. Students who enjoy realistic fiction and books about family will be most interested in this book."

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"Lou is a fully rounded, attractive character. Zoe's emotional insensitivity toward her, while painful, becomes understandable as her believable back story emerges. Other characters are also nicely, authentically fleshed out, adding depth and a strong sense of reality. A quiet, moving exploration of what it means to be a mother—or a daughter—even when the relationship is unconventional."

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Robin Stevenson is the author of more than twenty-five books for kids and teens, including The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

 
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Die Muschelsammlerin. Deine Bestimmung wartet

Arena Verlag


Mariel hat immer darauf vertraut, dass sie in Amlon glücklich wird. Inmitten der perlweißen Strände und des türkisblauen Meeres sollte es ihr an nichts fehlen. Aber tief im Herzen spürt Mariel, dass sie nicht dazugehört. Als der Tag der Verbindung bevorsteht, an dem jeder Jugendliche seinem perfekten Partner begegnet, wird Mariels größte Angst wahr: Sie ist eine Sonderbare, eine von denen, für die es keine Liebesgeschichte gibt. Zusammen mit Sander, Tora und Tammo muss Mariel Amlon verlassen. Nur in Nurnen, dem Reich der Träume, können sie ihren Seelenpartner noch finden. Doch auf der Reise flammen in Mariel plötzlich Gefühle für einen anderen auf. Und diese Gefühle bedeuten in Nurnen den sicheren Tod …

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Charlotte Richter begann noch während des Studiums zu schreiben und verfasste ihre ersten Texte für den Hörfunk. Seitdem hat sie mehrere Romane für Jugendliche und Erwachsene veröffentlicht. Sie erhielt diverse Literaturstipendien und unter anderem den Förderpreis für Literatur der Stadt Hamburg. Seit vielen Jahren ist sie Mitglied im Hamburger Writers’ Room, einer Arbeits- und Bürogemeinschaft für Schriftsteller, auch wenn sie Hamburg inzwischen verlassen hat. Heute lebt und schreibt sie in Kattendorf in Schleswig-Holstein.

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So Much It Hurts

Orca Book Publishers | Young Adult Novels


Iris is an aspiring actress, so when Mick, a well-known visiting Aussie director, takes an interest in her, she's flattered. He's fourteen years older, attractive, smart, charming and sexy—in other words, nothing like her hapless ex-boyfriend, Tommy. But when Iris and Mick start a secret relationship, she soon witnesses Mick's darker side, and his temper frightens her. Before long, she becomes the target of his rage, but she makes endless excuses for him. Isolated and often in pain, Iris struggles to continue going to school, where she is preparing for her role as Ophelia. When her family and friends begin to realize that something is terribly wrong, Iris defends her man, but she also takes the first tentative steps toward self-preservation.

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"Parallels between Iris and Hamlet's Ophelia, a role she is playing in her high school's production, are telling, and Polak does a credible job portraying Iris as a smart girl who nevertheless finds herself submitting to increasingly vile behaviour...[The novel's] positive outcome should give heart to those who need it."

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"Readers familiar with Shakespeare's Hamlet will be intrigued by plot parallels, and other readers will simply enjoy the story. Polak dedicates the novel to 'all the young women who see themselves in Iris, and for the people who love them and want to know them better.'"

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"Portrays an unhealthy, violent relationship in a comprehensive and engaging way. The insight into the life of the victim seems very realistic. So Much it Hurts could be used as a great discussion starter, reflecting the horrors of abusive relationships and how to handle them...The dark drama is mesmerizing."

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"Nicely written about a difficult subject. Readers will empathize with Iris. Mick's aggressive behavior is amply, but not overly, portrayed. Iris's loneliness, after having given up her friends and lied to her mother, is real, as are the other characters in the story...So Much It Hurts sheds needed light on abusive relations."

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"Takes a very close look at abusive relationships...[and] illustrates to the reader how a person can very easily end up in a situation they cannot control...Polak has taken a topic [that] impacts so many students helped shed some understanding on how it can happen, even to the most sensible of people. Students who enjoy reality fiction as well as relationship fiction will enjoy this novel."

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"The provocative, linear storyline, simple dialogue and textbook development of a typical abusive relationship make this an ideal title for teens who don’t consider themselves readers."

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"Polak manages to take a difficult (and too often taboo) subject and makes it accessible and straightforward for young readers...Iris, her state of mind and her struggles will resonate with female readers of all ages...Polak has given a voice to Iris that...speaks to real and honest human experiences that are all to often dismissed through victim blaming, shaming or even acceptable as socially expected."

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“Provides a detailed anatomy of a young girl’s descent into the nightmare of an abusive relationship that is both accessible and thought provoking.”

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"Polak gives her reader a glimpse into Iris’s mind and experiences, fostering empathy and further understanding."

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"[Polak's] narrative voice for Iris is insightful and true to life, employing a tone that accurately captures the confusion, naïveté, and ambitions of your average teenage girl. The plot moves along at an appropriate pace, its gradual development giving the reader time to warm up to Iris and to build a connection with her and her experiences in a natural, fluid way...An interesting story and valuable lesson for all young adults, cautioning readers to remain informed regarding the dangers of abusive relationships."

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"The message is clear and relevant to teens."

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"Readers will acknowledge Mick’s volatility long before Iris’s denial lifts, while recognizing how the desire to love and be loved can so easily turn self-defeating."

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Monique Polak is the author of over twenty novels for kids and young adults. She has also written two nonfiction books for kids as well as a board book for toddlers. Monique teaches English literature, creative writing and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal.

 
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Alone at 90 Foot

Orca Book Publishers


Fourteen year old Pamela Collins is struggling to come to terms with her mother's death. Somewhat shy, Pamela is thoughtful, full of passion, often funny and sometimes tearful as she learns to cope with the emotional overload the tragedy has brought to her life. Her favourite things include walking alone in Lynn Canyon Park, the art of Emily Carr, and a certain boy with a "wicked grin." At the moment she dislikes her English teacher, shopping and being singled out for special treatment because of her mother’s death. Pamela is tall and slim and mostly uncomfortable with her rapidly changing body. She is unsure of herself and unsure of the loyalty of her friends.

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Katherine Holubitsky's first novel, Alone at Ninety Foot, (Orca), won the CLA Book of the Year for Young Adults and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. Katherine lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

 
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Are You Seeing Me?

Orca Book Publishers


Twins Justine and Perry have left their home in Australia and embarked on the road trip of a lifetime in the Pacific Northwest.

It's been a year since their dad lost his battle with cancer and Justine became the sole caregiver for her autistic brother, Perry. Now Perry has been accepted into an assisted-living residence in their hometown, Brisbane, Australia, but before he takes up residence, they're seeking to create the perfect memory.

For Perry, the trip is a glorious celebration of some of his favorite things: Ogopogo, Jackie Chan movies and earthquakes. For Justine, it's an opportunity to learn how to let go—of Perry, of her boyfriend, Marc—and to offer their mother the chance to atone for past wrongs.

But the instability that has shaped their lives will not subside, and the seismic event that Perry forewarned threatens to reduce their worlds to rubble...

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"Groth has blown me away. I want to stand up and applaud him. Perry is just what YA fiction needed...Serious and funny, heartwarming and touching, Are You Seeing Me? is the type of book that will stay with you for a long time. It is a standout contemporary that everyone should read. I highly, highly recommend it.”

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"Groth’s vibrant descriptions of setting shine...Even the highway pit stops and hotel stays are painted with vivid, film-like details...Though it’s classified as a young adult book, Are You Seeing Me? will appeal to readers of all ages because of its depth of story. Groth deftly and sensitively addresses the issues of living with autism, but the book’s focus and strength is in the complex but touching relationship between siblings."

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"Are you Seeing Me? is a beautifully-written and engaging coming-of-age novel."

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"Heartwarming, humorous, and hopeful...Groth has created a moving and authentic novel about finding one's place in the world, as well as a realistic portrait of a very likable autistic teen. The complex characters and multi-layered situations will engage both reluctant and sophisticated readers who will be rooting for all."

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"Touches on universal themes of love and loss; it is also very timely...Groth shows us, through the twins' often humorous adventures and misadventures, the challenges faced by autistic adults and their loved ones, as well as their extraordinary resilience and coping skills...A fun, interesting read...[that will] appeal to readers who enjoy stories about relationships, road trips, and what makes a family work."

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"An insightful and rewarding road-trip story about 19-year-old Australian twins Perry and Justine...Told from the alternating perspectives of both twins, along with excerpts from their father’s journal, Groth’s story is uncommonly sensitive, his characters’ emotional journeys as critical as their physical ones."

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“I absolutely adored this book. Mostly because Perry is such an incredibly lovable and original character but also because it was just so darn touching it made me cry tears of happiness...This is a powerful, beautifully written novel.”

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"Ultimately the novel unsettles entrenched clichés about weak or needy disabled characters."

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“Funny and profoundly moving, this is a book everyone should read. It’s about seeing the person in all their unique glory, not just the disability, or even worse, the unhelpful label...A celebration of family, life, love and loss. Loved. Loved. Loved. This. Are you hearing me? Six stars. At least.”

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"Written powerfully with both the heart and the head, and neither gives an inch. It’s funny, moving and hugely insightful. Darren Groth puts the reader into the heads of Perry and Justine in a way that feels so true and so revealing that I think I’ve come away with a greater capacity for empathy. I didn’t know a book could do that. We all need to spend some time inside this story.”

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"This book made me smile, cry, and sometimes both at the same time...The most impressive thing about this book was how skillfully Groth wrote in Perry’s point of view...He’s brought a very important narrative to the forefront. One that paints mental disability not as a handicap that a family must endure, but rather a further reason to love and adore those with these disabilities. As something that actually brings them closer as a family rather than pulling them apart. It’s amazing to finally read a narrative with this message."

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"Their adventures are distinctly Rain Man-esque as quiet humour bubbles up naturally from the honesty and poignancy of their relationship...A sensitive import executed with compassion, care and wit."

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"Groth has provided a praiseworthy addition to the currently available titles dealing with ASD as well as a strong young adult read that will hold its own among other intelligent titles for this age group. Highly Recommended."

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"I laughed a lot and cried buckets as I guzzled this gorgeous and deeply affecting book. You and every young adult you know should read it!”

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"The novel is very well written with multiple points of view and realistic characters experiencing complex personal relationships. Readers will be able to relate to their family problems and will also come to understand some of the challenges faced by young adults living with autism."

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“Groth’s writing [is] continuously deft and striking...For those who enjoy narratives that delve into an illuminating alternative consciousness [this work] is highly recommended.”

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"The story unfolds with intimacy and affection, shown through the twins' special nicknames for each other and each sibling's desire to do right by the other."

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“A memorable, beautifully written novel…The dialogue between (the twins) and in their communication with others is particularly good and often enlivened with wit and humour."

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“[A] strong portrayal of the complexity of sibling relationships and the impact of death on their lives...The dual narrative structure effortlessly takes us inside the minds and emotions of both siblings...[Groth] describes Perry skillfully, with affection and respect.”

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"I felt myself wanting to reach out and hug every character, tightly, the whole way through. The experience made my heart hurt in a special way...I think fans of Melina Marchetta (and basically anyone with a beating heart) will love this journey."

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"[An] engrossing novel...The author’s firsthand experience with ASD (he’s a former teacher and a father) makes this a fantastic look into the lives of those touched by these disorders."

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“A funny and beautiful story about love, life and other disasters, told with the help of Robinson Crusoe and Jackie Chan. I think what we’re 'seeing' here is a writer at the top of his game. Just wonderful.”

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Darren Groth is the author of several novels, including the acclaimed YA works Are You Seeing Me? and Munro vs. the Coyote. He was the winner of the 2016 Adelaide Festival Award for Young Adult Fiction and has been a finalist in numerous other prestigious prizes, including the Governor General's Literary Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the CBCA Book of the Year. Darren is a former special-education teacher and the proud father of a son with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). He lives in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.darrengroth.com.

 
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