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Orca Soundings
Scam
By (author): Lesley Choyce
9781459811744 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 / Death, Grief, Bereavement North America Apr 26, 2016
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.31 in 144 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C103567 Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, Commended
Sometimes losing everything can be the greatest gift of all.

Josh’s mother always had issues—with drugs and just getting by. And Josh has always been the one who kept them together. But when his mom dies, he really is on his own and must find a way to look after himself. On his way to his mother’s funeral he meets Lindsay, a cute girl who flirts with him but then steals his wallet. When he confronts her and tells her where he is going, she apologizes, returns his wallet and convinces Josh to let her accompany him to the funeral. So begins a complex relationship that changes both of their lives forever.

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.

"Scam underscore[s] the importance of really knowing and acting on your values, as well as knowing the beliefs of the people you call friends." - VOYA Magazine

"Choyce hooks the reader into the complex lives of the book's characters and the complexities of life that they encounter. Choyce does a great job in illustrating the intense emotions of youth and the intricate scams that were pulled off by Lindsay...Recommended." - CM Magazine

"This is definitely recommended for any classroom of library serving reluctant, struggling readers." - School Library Connection

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