A mysterious young African turns up abandoned at the Vancouver airport. He speaks no English, but would he tell his whole story even if he could? An enthusiastic young woman throws herself into working for a cause. But whose cause is it that she’s actually working for? Her “boyfriend” finds a growing connection happening with her sister.
Wendy Phillips again uses multiple voices and points of view to present a fraught situation from multiple angles, to allow a more complete picture to emerge. Using this technique she delves into the murky world of third world refugees and human trafficking. And the way young Canadian people respond to so foreign, literally, a situation. The concerns and preoccupations of Canadian teens are thrown into sharp relief in the glare of the truly dire circumstances of people from elsewhere in the world.
With her keen eye for the emotional lives of teenagers, Wendy Phillips keeps us on the edge of our seats as secrets are revealed, alliancesshift, true characters emerge under stress, and everyone has to find a way to cope with their baggage.
Wendy Phillips' first novel, Fishtailing, won several awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Writing and the Moonbeam Award for Innovative Storytelling.
She began writing at age 11, inventing wilderness adventures while hiking in the sagebrush hills around Kamloops. An enduring love of words took her through a journalism degree from Carleton University, volunteer teaching in Lesotho, and freelance writing in Zimbabwe. Returning to theWest Coast, she enjoyed a new career as a high school English teacher and librarian. Now she lives on beautiful Gabriola Island, writing full time, reading just about anything, and celebrating the possibilities of words, wood, ocean, and music.
For more about her writing, see Wendy's blog at www.writingwendy.com.