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About Phoenix
By (author): Nastasia Rugani
9781554518425 Hardcover, Cloth English, Translated from: French Juvenile: Age (years) from 14, Grade (CAN) from 9, Grade (US) from 9 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance Sep 13, 2016
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 5 x 7 x 0.5 in 204 pages Annick Press
Should you get into the car of someone you barely know? Hard to resist when the driver is Jessup Smith, the handsomest teacher in school. That night, he drives sixteen-year-old Phoenix and her little sister Sasha – both brilliant misfits – home. A few days later, their mother, Erika, lets herself be seduced by Mr. Smith. Not long after, he's moving in, filling the empty space left by Phoenix and Sasha's father, who left the family without warning last summer. At first, Mr. Smith seems too good to be true. He can be a little strict and controlling, sure, but nothing to worry about. Until it begins: first a kick, then a slap. Soon Phoenix is descending into a violent nightmare, afraid of making the least mistake and desperate to protect her little sister. As Phoenix and Sasha feel their world closing in, help may come from an unexpected place.

Nastasia Rugani is a French author who has written two previous books for children. About Phoenix is her first novel for young adults. She lives near Paris, France.

Review quotes for the French edition (all quotes translated from French): “The heart of the novel is dark and realistic, focusing on the effects on the two girls … Subtly written and extremely gripping.”—Ricochet-jeunes.org “Nastasia Rugani writes masterfully, creating an incredibly dramatic atmosphere and an attachment between the reader and Phoenix ... the novel really puts the reader in the situation.” —sophielit.ca Awards for the French edition: Epopée prize, 2015 Special prize awarded by the libraries of Asnières, France, 2015 Literary prize chosen by high-school students of Hérault, France, 2015 The book is also shortlisted for several literary awards in France to be announced in 2016.

“Oozes tension.” —Publishers Weekly, 11/17/16

- Publishers Weekly

“Many will find hard to put down, and will have the reader wishing for more when the book ends.” —Resource Links, 01/01/17

- Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Resource Links

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