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Kat's Fall

by Shelley Hrdlitschka

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Darcy's mother is getting out of jail. Ten years ago she was convicted of throwing Darcy's baby sister off a fifth floor balcony. Kat survived, but Darcy has spent the last decade raising his sister, giving her the love and support she has been denied by an absent mother and an uncaring father. Now, with their mother about to be released, their father has decided he has had enough of parental responsibility and is determined to return the children to their mother's care. Darcy is horrified, and adamant that he will not subject his sister to the woman who once tried to murder her. Struggling to understand and control the anger and resentment that has consumed him, Darcy is forced to confront his feelings and engage with the outside world. With newfound friendships and the unflagging support of his teacher, Darcy is able to understand some of the pain of the past and accept that he cannot control everything. As he grudgingly re-establishes ties with the mother he thinks he hates, he is accused of a horrific act. It will take incredible strength--his own and others--to fight the charges, but he finds that truth is often an elusive concept and that trust--and love--are powerful allies.

About the Author
Shelley Hrdlitschka has written many novels for teens, including Sister Wife, which was nominated for a Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, where she hikes, snowshoes and hangs out with grizzly bears at the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife. For more information, visit www.shelleyhrdlitschka.ca.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
Awards
  • Long-listed, ALA Popular Paperbacks
  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award nominee
  • Runner-up, White Pine nominee
  • Short-listed, BC Book Prize - Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize nominee
  • Short-listed, YALSA Quick Picks
  • Commended, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award nominee

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