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By (author): Jocelyn Shipley
Jocelyn Shipley


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



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Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Jan 30, 2018
$9.95 CAD
Out of stock indefinitely


7in x 4.25 x 0.31 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

128 pages
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence
North America
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2018, Commended YALSA Quick Picks 2019, Commended
  • Short Description
In this high-interest novel for teen readers, Jemma witnesses a drive-by shooting but is afraid to speak up.
It was just a minute, but it changed everything.

Seventeen-year-old Jemma's older brother took her in when she needed to get away from her abusive ex-boyfriend, Razor. All Jemma wants now is to be a good mom to her baby daughter, Violet. But one night she needs to go out, just for a few minutes, to get diapers and ice cream. On her way back, she witnesses the drive-by shooting of a kid, Kwame, who lives in the same building. The driver is Razor. Jemma is terrified. If she tells anyone what she saw, they'll know she left her baby alone and she might lose custody. But if she doesn't, Kwame's killer will go free. Razor convinces Jemma to make a deal to save her life, but Jemma isn't sure she can live with the consequences.

Jocelyn Shipley is an award-winning writer who has written several books for teens, including Raw Talent, Impossible and Shatterproof. A graduate from York University, Jocelyn has studied writing at St. Lawrence College and the Humber School for Writers. She lives in Toronto and on Vancouver Island.

"Impossible is a short novel with high interest and low vocabulary, perfect for reluctant readers in either a literature circle setting or as an independent read. It's compelling characters and linear plot will work well in middle school classrooms and libraries. The reader will empathize with Jemma, maybe even wonder what they would do faced with the same situation. But overall, Jemma has courage, strength and the maturity to realize that every action will have a consequence, and that one must face that consequence no matter what." - Resource Links

"An interesting and fast paced story. Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Presents an excellent dilemma for the main character, Jemma. The reader is right there with her wondering what the best decision is. Impossible is legitimate and believable. The reader will turn the pages to find out what Jemma decides to do in the end." - Suzanne Goulden blog

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