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Orca Soundings
The Thing You're Good At
By (author): Lesley Choyce
9781459818040 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration USA Aug 28, 2018
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.5 in 192 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Jake is desperate to find Maria.

Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she's turned over to the authorities. Or worse.

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.

"Fast-paced and easy to read…A novel that will hold student readers' attention and will enable them to connect with the text in a variety of ways. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers." - Kirkus Reviews

"Teens will find this easy-to-read novel riveting…reluctant readers will be drawn to the action packed drama and regard this timely novel with interest." - School Library Connection

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