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Orca Muslim-Interest through July 2023

The Ledge
By (author): Lesley Choyce
Lesley Choyce


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 12, Grade (CAN) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 8 - 12, Reading age 12
Jan 28, 2020
Print Run: 6000
$9.95 CAD


7in x 4.25 x 0.38 in | 120 gr

Page Count:

144 pages
FSC certified – recycled C103567
Orca Book Publishers
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs
North America
  • Short Description
In this high-interest novel for teen readers, sixteen-year-old Nick tries to adjust to his new reality after a surfing accident leaves him partially paralyzed.
Nick isn't ready to give up surfing.

Nick was used to being good at everything. Hockey, football, track, they all came easy to him. Surfing was his latest passion. That is, until the accident. Now partially paralyzed, Nick is angry, depressed and getting far too fond of his prescription meds. But his frequent visits to his physiotherapist, a Syrian refugee, and a budding friendship with a partial amputee who has also experienced firsthand the horrors of war help him start to piece his life back together. A story about overcoming the odds and changing your life for the better.

Key Selling Points

  • This book explores adjusting to life-changing trauma (injury or loss of loved ones) and the importance of acceptance.
  • The timely topic of refugees fleeing from war-torn parts of the world and our responsibility to them is an element of the book as well.
  • The author has been surfing for over fifty years and works with the physically challenged.
  • The author’s daughter works with refugee teens trying to adapt to living in a new country, and that experience has informed this story.

Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over 30 years, is the author of more than 90 books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.

“An accessible and engaging read...A realistic exploration of post-trauma life and the power of friendships with appeal for reluctant readers.” - Kirkus Reviews

“This story is simple, but it contains much food for thought. Such a short book needs to be impeccably structured to keep from being one-dimensional, and Choyce achieves this task admirably.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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