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No Place for Kids

by (author) Alison Lohans

Publisher
Heritage House Publishing
Initial publish date
Oct 2014
Category
General, Runaways, Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781772030174
    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781772030198
    Publish Date
    Oct 2014
    List Price
    $9.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 6 to 9

Description

Finalist, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Best Children’s Book

 

 

 

Sisters Jennifer and Sarah were once part of a happy, stable family, but their idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt with the death of their mother. Unable to cope with his grief and the needs of his two young daughters, their father finds comfort in alcohol, gets fired from his job, and loses his grip on his family.

 

As twelve-year-old Jennifer approaches maturity, she starts to develop a tough exterior, especially when she attracts unwelcome attention from one of her father’s friends. With nothing left to lose, the two sisters decide run away to their mother’s sister in Vancouver, setting out with very little money and no clear plan. Along the way, they must overcome fear, loneliness, illness, and the conflict inherent in their sibling relationship. This emotional story deals with mature themes, but is ultimately about the enduring bonds of family. Suitable for readers aged nine to eleven.

About the author

Alison Lohans is an award-winning, internationally published author of many books for young people, most recently "River Rat" and "This Land We Call Home," which won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Young Adult Literature. She has also worked as a writing instructor and a music teacher, and served as Writer in Residence in addition to doing hundreds of author talks across Canada. Born and raised in central California, Alison immigrated to Canada during the Vietnam War years. She has two grown sons and gets great enjoyment from her passion for music, playing cornet, recorder and cello in several amateur groups in Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Editorial Reviews

“This is a book that will help readers empathize with the characters, who are forced to survive by any means, as they set out on a journey to find a place called home." —#WeHaveDiverseBooks Catalogue, Association of Canadian Publishers

“A fast-paced, gripping read." —Jocelyn Reekie, CM Magazine

Librarian Reviews

No Place for Kids

Jennifer and Sarah were once part of a happy, stable family, but their idyllic life comes to an abrupt halt with the death of their mother. Unable to cope with his grief and the needs of his two young daughters, their father finds comfort in alcohol, and loses his grip on his family. With nothing left to lose, the two run away to their aunt’s in Vancouver, setting out with very little money and no clear plan.

Statistics for homeless youth in today’s urban centres are increasingly high. Many readers will identify – or sympathize —with Sarah and Jennifer’s desperation to survive in a world without parents. This is a book that will help readers empathize for the characters, who are forced to survive by any means, as they set out on a journey to find a place called home.

Author available for class visits. @alisonlohans

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

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