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250 Hours

by Colleen Nelson

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friendship, multigenerational, prejudice & racism
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Jess and Sara Jean couldn’t be more different. He’s a loner with a criminal record; a Metis raised on the Reserve; the son of a residential school survivor. His time, when not spent with his mother and grandmother, is spent lighting fires to help him deal with the feelings he has over his father’s abandonment. She’s from nearby Edelburg, a small, conservative town. Abandoned by her mother, Sara Jean cares for her obese grandmother and writes to escape. She has been accepted to the University of Manitoba, but her obligation to her grandmother leaves her wondering what her future will hold: a life in Edelburg with her boyfriend and grandmother, or an adventure in a big city where she can escape her past and pursue her passion for writing.

When Jess is found guilty of arson after lighting an abandoned building on fire, he’s ordered to complete 250 hours of community service. His first assignment? Cleaning out Sara Jean’s neglected garage. Sorting through boxes left by her grandfather, they discover that the secrets keeping their communities apart are the very things that may well bring them together.

About the Author

Colleen Nelson is a teacher and an award-winning YA author whose previous novels include Blood Brothers and Finding Hope. She lives in Winnipeg.

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7 to 9
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250 Hours

Jess and Sara Jean couldn’t be more different. He’s a loner with a criminal record; a Metis raised on the Reserve; the son of a residential school survivor. She’s from Edelburg, a conservative town. When Jess is found guilty of arson, he must complete 250 hours of community service, starting with Sara Jean’s neglected garage. Sorting through boxes, they discover the secrets keeping their communities apart are the very things that will bring them together.

This novel will appeal to adolescents who like to read stories about troubled teenagers questioning their identities and their relationships. Important too, is that the narrative is centered on 250 hours of community service, which will hopefully inspire readers to think about how they can make a difference in their own communities and peer groups.

Author available for school visits @ColleenNelson14

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

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