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Orca Soundings
Crash
By (author): Lesley Choyce
9781459805224 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 / Homelessness & Poverty North America Oct 01, 2013
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in 136 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
Cameron thinks he can survive anything on willpower alone. Not this time.

Just when sixteen-year-old Cameron thinks he’s going to straighten out his troubled life, his parents break up and he ends up living on the street with his dog, Ozzie. He meets a girl named Mackenzie, who has been sleeping in a pup tent in the park. With her help, he tries to survive on the street and continue with school, despite the new challenges in his life.
   Finding a safe place for them to crash at night is difficult, and panhandling for money isn’t as easy as it looks. Cameron learns that Mackenzie has her own emotional baggage to deal with, and life for a kid with a dog and no home gets even more challenging. After Mackenzie gets into some real trouble, Cameron realizes he needs to come up with a realistic solution if they are going to survive the turbulence.

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.

"A picture of a stubborn, self-aware, highly intelligent teen who has fallen on hard times. Particularly engrossing are his struggles to survive and his shame at having to panhandle...This short novel packs a lot of thought-provoking and character development in a small package, and the ending is far from a “happy” one, leaving the door open to much curiosity of what might happen next." - CM Magazine

"Crash shows that there is still more to say about modern life." - Resource Links

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