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Young Adult Fiction Sexual Abuse

Open Secrets

by (author) Jennifer Manuel

Publisher
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2021
Category
Sexual Abuse, Peer Pressure, Music
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459415881
    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
    $12.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459415898
    Publish Date
    Feb 2021
    List Price
    $8.99

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Description

The #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence of sexual assault in society, especially as committed by powerful men. But it is an issue that also affects the lives of teen girls. This book tells the the story of seventeen-year-old Ana Santos, who has ambitions to make it big in music and signs a contract with the owner of a music café without knowing there are sexual strings attached. It looks at the darker side of the music industry, including sexual harassment, lyrics that degrade and demean women and social media trolling as backlash for speaking up, all while presenting a strong, realistic main character who overcomes her feelings of shame to find a voice for herself and her music.

 

About the author

Jennifer Manuel has achieved acclaim for her short fiction, including the Storyteller's Award at the Surrey International Writer's Conference in 2013. She has also published short fiction in PRISM International, The Fiddlehead, Room Magazine and Little Fiction. Author Diana Gabaldon describes Manuel's writing as “astonishing in its intimacy, delicate complexity and sense of compassion.” A long-time activist in Aboriginal issues, Manuel taught elementary and high school in the lands of the Tahltan and Nuu-chah-nulth peoples. She lives on Vancouver Island, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

"Though the story is engaging for reluctant readers, the way red flags and warning signs of predatory behavior are woven through the narrative is its greatest strength."

 

Kirkus Reviews

"The heaviness of the #metoo theme is paired well with the lighter side of a teenage band that is working to find and create its own sound."

 

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An absorbing #MeToo story that will increase awareness."

 

Kirkus Reviews

"Highlighting the important and under-discussed issue of grooming against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, this novel deftly deals with a difficult and timely topic."

 

School Library Journal

"A must-buy for high school hi-lo collections."

 

School Library Journal

"The story is accessible and would be a useful introduction into understanding the #metoo movement and the importance of speaking out."

 

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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