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Young Adult Fiction Parents

In Search of Sam

by (author) Kristin Butcher

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2015
Parents, Girls & Women, Death & Dying
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    Publish Date
    May 2015
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    Publish Date
    May 2015
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 14 to 18


CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015) — Commended

When Dani sets out to uncover her father’s past, she also discovers her own future.

Raised by her mother, eighteen-year-old Dani Lancaster only had six weeks to get to know her father, Sam, before he lost his battle with cancer. It was long enough to love him, but not long enough to get to know him — especially since Sam didn't even know himself.

Left on the doorstep of an elderly couple when he was just days old, and raised in a series of foster homes, Sam had no idea who his parents were or why they had abandoned him. Dani is determined to find out. With nothing more than an address book, an old letter, and a half-heart pendant to guide her, she sets out on a solo road trip that takes her deep into the foothills, to a long-forgotten town teeming with secrets and hopefully answers.

About the author


  • Commended, CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2015)

Contributor Notes

Kristin Butcher is the author of twenty-three books for children. She has been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award, the CLA Children's Book of the Year, the Red Cedar Award, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, among others. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

In a field of palpitating hearts and dystopian societies, this realistic novel is a refreshing change... Butcher adeptly creates a feel-good story that has the flavor of Jonathan Friesen's Jerk, California (Speak, 2008), sands the angst.

School Library Journal

The contrast between the feisty, unconventional characters in Farrow and her less interesting conventional parents is nicely drawn.

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Readers will be impressed and engaged by Dani’s resourcefulness and entrepreneurial spirit. She brings people together and creates opportunities for the community of Farrow, actions which, in turn, help take the edge of her grief.

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