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Something Girl
By (author): Beth Goobie
9781551433479 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 / Physical & Emotional Abuse North America Apr 01, 2005
$9.95 CAD
Active 4.25 x 7 x 0.3 in | 100 gr 128 pages FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
 
YALSA Quick Picks 2006, Short-listed CCBC Our Choice starred selection 2006, Commended Stellar Award nominee 2007, Long-listed
Sophie can no longer keep her problems a secret.

Sophie is in a lot of trouble. She is on probation for stealing and is doing poorly at school. Her mom doesn't really talk to her, and the other adults in her life are pressuring Sophie to talk about her bruises. Sophie worries that if she tells, she will be sent to live in a group home. Her friend Jujube is the only person who knows the truth, and now Jujube, too, wants Sophie to speak up.

Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

"This is a well written story about the struggles a young girl goes through dealing with an abusive and controlling fater. Written from Sophie's point of view, the author has done a masterful job of letting the reader into Sophie's thinking." - Resource Links

"At times difficult to read, Goobie creates a dark and moving narrative. The ending offers hope for Sophie and her mother." - KLIATT

Something Girl is so compelling that this reader couldn’t put it down until finished. Highly Recommended.” - CM Magazine

"The ending is happy yet bittersweet. The novel deals with mature themes in a quick and easy-to-read manner." - School Library Journal

"Those in the series' target audience will be rewarded with a condensed, strangled gulp of a novel, one capable of cojuring both wrenching suspense and the 'soft peace' of hope." - Booklist

"Children need to see titles such as these in library collections, because some of them may be living an existence close to this work of fiction...Highly recommended." - Hip Librarian's Book Blog

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