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By (author): Vicki Grant
9781459805262 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 / Dating & Sex North America Oct 01, 2013
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.38 in | 120 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended CCBC Best Books 2014, Commended
Mick has broken up with Jade but can't end the relationship. Her little brother's sick, and she needs Mick's help. Or does she?

Mick decides that his long-term relationship with Jade is finally over. After ending it, he realizes the hardest part will be saying goodbye to her little brother, Gavin, who suffers from severe migraines. Mick's friends suspect that Jade's constant calls for help are just too convenient to be real. What are the chances Gavin would relapse every time Mick is out with someone new? Mick admits they're not very good—but he's seen the boy. A four-year-old can't fake an illness like that. Turns out both Mick and his friends are right.

Vicki Grant left her career in advertising and television to write her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She enjoys writing for young adults, with a particular interest in reluctant readers. Vicki’s books have gone on to win many awards, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award, and have been translated into French, German, Korean, Norwegian and Swedish. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband and three children. More information is available at

"A great read for both males and females...Grant has woven a story about teenage relationships that is both gripping and believable. She also touches on themes such as mental illness, co-dependent relationships, and poverty. Triggered would also make an interesting novel study for multiple grades and is highly recommend for middle-school and high school libraries. Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Rich in teen angst and the human condition, this novel will shock the teen reader with an awareness of how emotionally disturbed the human psyche can become...Highly recommended for the reluctant reader collection in school library." - Resource Links

"An accurate snapshot of how people...use manipulation as their tool to bully and control. It's a worthy addition to classroom and library collections as an interesting, quick read and as a balance to the stories of other kinds of dating violence and bullying." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

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