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Trail of Crumbs
By (author): Lisa J. Lawrence
9781459821217 Paperback, Trade, Flaps English Young Adult : Grade (CAN) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 8 - 12, Reading age from 12 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Sexual Abuse Mar 26, 2019
$14.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.25 x 0.56 in 256 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
It's hard to have hope when you're standing in a valley of broken glass.

After moving into a dank and drafty basement suite in West Edmonton with her truck- driving father, nasty stepmother and taciturn twin brother, Ash, seventeen-year-old Greta doesn't have high expectations for her last year of high school. When she blacks out at a party and is told the next day that she's had sex, she thinks things can't get any worse. She's wrong.

While Greta deals with the confusion and shame of that night, her stepmother and father choose that moment to disappear, abandoning Ash and Greta to the mercy of their peculiar landlord, Elgin, who lives upstairs. Even as Greta struggles to make sense of what happened to her, she finds herself enjoying her new and very eccentric family, who provide the shelter and support that has long been absent from her life. Much to Greta's surprise, she realizes there is still kindness in the world—and hope.

Lisa J. Lawrence grew up as a free-range kid in small towns in British Columbia and Alberta. She currently works as a writer and Spanish teacher in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her first novel, Rodent, was nominated for numerous awards.

Key Selling Points

When she blacks out at a party and is told that she’s had sex, she thinks things can’t get any worse. While Greta deals with the confusion and shame of that night, her stepmother and father disappear. As Greta struggles to make sense of what happened to her, she finds herself enjoying her new eccentric family, who provide the shelter and support that has long been absent from her life.

Features a strong female protagonist and subtle Hansel and Gretel references.

Explores themes of chosen families and the ways family can be formed by more than blood relations.

Includes informed and realistic descriptions of sexual violence. Rape isn’t described (she’s passed out).


Author’s previous YA book, Rodent, received a starred Kirkus review and was long-listed for the Kirkus Prize.


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Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade
conferences

Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley, LibraryThing Early Reviewers and the YALSA YA Galley program

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Sample chapter sneak preview campaign

"Subtle and nuanced, Trail of Crumbs takes readers on an unapologetic journey of family, trauma and the transformative power of kindness. Lisa J. Lawrence's storytelling devastates readers one moment, then lifts them up in another, leaving them thinking of Greta and Ash's story long after the last page has been read." - Natasha Deen, author of In the Key of Nira Ghani

"Lawrence has an admirable relationship with the written word, and after many chapters of sharp edges and dark corners, readers will discover reason for hope." - Kirkus Reviews

"With realistic and appealing characters and a delicately constructed plot, this is a well-told story of strength, grace, and growth." - Booklist

"An easy read, with well-developed writing and plotting…While the story is not picturesque, it is raw and emotional, allowing the door to be opened for many different sensitive conversations. Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This is an exciting YA title…A taut page-turner…Strong characterization for both the main and secondary characters made this a treat to read. Even though this book was about a pretty heavy-duty topic, Lawrence actually made room for some humour and love of food. Highly recommended." - Resource Links

"Fans of slow and serious emotional journeys of survival, like Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak, Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl, or Ashley Herring Blake's Girl Made of Stars, will find Greta's story especially moving" - School Library Journal

"A painful, relevant and beautiful story…This is a very important book. It’s full of great characters, relevant experiences and messages that younger (and probably some older) readers need to hear." - Milliebot Reads blog

“This book offers a grand slam of excellent writing, well-developed characters, a compelling plot and a universal theme.”

- Must Read Literature: K thru YA

“Realistic and in-depth…Thus incredibly written story deals with several tough aspects of our modern life, while still managing to maintain and give hope to its readers…an excellent reminder that when difficult times come your way, you should never give up hope.” - Canadian Children's Booknews

“For fans of realistic fiction…as in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak.”

- Youth Services Book Reviews

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