Quill & Quire – November 1, 2016
“Maddie and Ivan are both likeable, well-developed characters with a strong sense of self and purpose. Their lifelong platonic friendship, devoid of stereotypical sexual tension, is refreshing, and the intergenerational family dynamics are recognizable and realistic. The conflicting forces of tension and devotion in the teenagers’ relationships with their dads is palpable…At the Edge of the World will have readers reflecting upon their own parent-child relationships, obligations, and expectations with renewed perspective.”
Two friends grapple with parental pressures and neglect as they struggle to take control of their lives the summer following graduation.
Maddie and Ivan have lived their whole lives in their coastal Canadian town of Bear Harbour. Though Maddie lives in a warm and loving home with her two dads, Ivan has been stuck with Des, his barely functioning, alcoholic father, since his mother left 10 years before. The two white friends spend their days surfing while Maddie contemplates her future—to attend university to satisfy the expectations of her supportive yet overbearing parents or to find her own way as an artist. Meanwhile, Ivan seems to be stuck in the precarious present; as Des starts to act ever more irresponsibly, Ivan feels obligated to clean up his messes while hiding Des’ problems from the community. When Maddie begins to catch on that all is not well in Ivan’s home, she is desperate to help him without betraying his trust, and she struggles to understand why Ivan cannot leave Des behind and move on with his life. As related in alternating first-person chapters, the friendship depicted between the two is tender and authentic. A strong, palpable sense of place anchors the story as Maddie and Ivan teeter on the precipice of independence.
Readers will be moved by Maddie and Ivan’s deep, enduring friendship. (Fiction. 12-18)
Kirkus Reviews – July 20, 2016
“The friendship depicted between the two is tender and authentic. A strong, palpable sense of place anchors the story as Maddie and Ivan teeter on the precipice of independence. Readers will be moved by Maddie and Ivan’s deep, enduring friendship.”
Lila has been given the chance to pursue her dream–but is it worth the cost?
Lila has always loved belly dance-the music, the costumes, the choreography. So she is thrilled when she is invited to join a competitive and prestigious studio. But dancing at the new studio isn’t quite what she expected. When she realizes that dance isn’t as much fun as t used t be she starts to question whether she has made the right choice.
Snakes. Spiders. Soldiers. Sand.
Astrid’s list of things she hates about Ghana is getting longer by the day. What was supposed to be a family adventure has turned into a disaster. Her dad is always busy with the general elections, her mother is acting really weird and her brother, Gordo, is just annoying. Even her little sister, Piper, is getting on her nerves. Astrid wishes she was back in Canada biking to the pool with her friends, not sitting in the garden worrying about poison ants, pythons and soldiers with rifles.
CM . . . . Volume XX Number 30. . . .April 4, 2014
“I would recommend So Much For Democracy for elementary classrooms and public library collections because the book educates readers about a family’s emotional situation and social conditions surrounding life in 1979 in Ghana. This book will provide educators the opportunity to have active discussions with their students about the integral role which government, elections, democracy, and freedom play in society.”
Maya sneaks out in her kayak every day to check on a family of sea otters living in nearby Riley Bay. She is determined to protect the sea otters, even if it means checking on them for the rest of her life. One morning, Maya discovers she’s being watched. Who is it, and what are they doing? Soon Maya gets caught up in a dangerous race to save the sea otters–and her family’s livelihood–from poachers.
Alone for the first time on the island he calls home, Simon is looking forward to a day of swimming and slacking off. His sister Ellen only wants to make sure they get their chores done. Neither Simon nor Ellen is prepared for the mysterious and potentially dangerous visitor who brings with him an unexpected storm and a riddle that may lead to treasure. Simon and Ellen have to work together to solve the riddle before the stranger–or the weather–destroys their chances.