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Orca Soundings through December 2020: Contemporary, compelling stories for teens

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Orca Soundings
By (author): Mary Jennifer Payne
9781459813304 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12, Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Sexual Abuse Toronto Oct 04, 2016
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.43 in 176 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Sometimes you have to look out for yourself.

Life hasn't been easy for fifteen-year-old Lizzie Jackson since her father's sudden death four years ago. Shortly after he died, her mother, Lydia, began dating and drinking herself into oblivion, leaving Lizzie to parent her younger brother, Charlie. Things go from bad to worse when Lydia marries Dean. To protect Charlie from Dean's rage, Lizzie makes herself the target of his abuse. But when Dean sexually assaults Lizzie, things change forever. Can she continue to ensure her brother's safety after she flees their home?

Mary Jennifer Payne is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers' Summer Workshop in Creative Writing and a special-education teacher at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies and magazines in Canada and abroad. Since You've Been Gone, her first full-length young-adult novel, was published in 2015. For more information, visit

"Enough is in the gritty tradition of many of the Orca novels, and is similarly powerful. Lizzie is a real world example of a teen torn apart by decisions she should not have to make at her age. We must admire her courage and resilience in the face of these challenges." - Resource Links

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