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Orca Soundings through December 2019: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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Orca Soundings
Impossible
By (author): Jocelyn Shipley
9781459815568 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence North America Jan 30, 2018
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended YALSA Quick Picks 2019, Nominated YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2019, Commended
It was just a minute, but it changed everything.

Seventeen-year-old Jemma's older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. All Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But one night she needs to go out, just for a few minutes, to get diapers and ice cream. On her way back, she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a kid, Kwame, who lives in the same building. The driver is Razor. Jemma is terrified. If she tells anyone what she saw, they'll know she left her baby alone and she might lose custody. But if she doesn't, Kwame's killer will go free. Razor convinces Jemma to make a deal to save her life, but Jemma isn't sure she can live with the consequences.

Jocelyn Shipley has written several books for teens, including Impossible and Shatterproof. Her award-winning stories have been published in newspapers and anthologies, and her work has been translated into many languages. Jocelyn lives in Toronto, Ontario, and on Vancouver Island. For more information, visit www.jocelynshipley.com.

"Impossible is a short novel with high interest and low vocabulary, perfect for reluctant readers in either a literature circle setting or as an independent read. It's compelling characters and linear plot will work well in middle school classrooms and libraries. The reader will empathize with Jemma, maybe even wonder what they would do faced with the same situation. But overall, Jemma has courage, strength and the maturity to realize that every action will have a consequence, and that one must face that consequence no matter what." - Resource Links

"An interesting and fast paced story. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Presents an excellent dilemma for the main character, Jemma. The reader is right there with her wondering what the best decision is. Impossible is legitimate and believable. The reader will turn the pages to find out what Jemma decides to do in the end." - Suzanne Goulden blog

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