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Out of the Ashes

A Shelby Belgarden Mystery

by Valerie Sherrard

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list price: $12.99
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published: March 2002
ISBN:9781550023824
publisher: Dundurn
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Short-listed for the 2003 Red Maple Award and Arthur Ellis Award for best Juvenile Book, commended for the 2003 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Shelby Belgarden isn’t exactly thrilled when people start thinking Greg is her boyfriend. After all, she’s more interested in the athletic Nick Jarvis. But one day Greg suddenly becomes more interesting to Shelby – though for all the wrong reasons: Shelby begins to suspect that Greg is responsible for the series of arsons that have occurred in her small New Brunswick town in recent weeks. After finding out that Greg and his father had moved to this town after their old home burnt down – with Greg’s mother inside – Shelby finds Greg’s gasoline-soaked mitten near the scene of the latest arson.
Shelby launches her own investigation into the crimes. As she does, she becomes aware that whoever is responsible may have been a victim of sexual abuse.

About the Author

Valerie Sherrard is the author of 12 previous novels for young people, including the Shelby Belgarden Mysteries, Watcher, Sarah's Legacy, Speechless, and her first historical novel, Three Million Acres of Flame. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous Canadian awards, including the Red Maple, White Pine, and Arthur Ellis Awards. She lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick.

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Contributor Notes

Valerie Sherrard lives in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Out of the Ashes is her first novel.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 15
Grade:
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 15
Awards
  • Commended, The Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
  • Short-listed, Red Maple Award
  • Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for best Juvenile Book
Editorial Reviews

Clearly, she [Valerie Sherrard] knows what she is talking about, and in this book she has done an excellent job of capturing teenage folkways.

— The Guelph Mercury

By introducing a romantic triangle involving Shelby, Nick and Greg, Sherrard takes Out of the Ashes beyond the typical adolescent mystery novel.

— CM Magazine

The novel encourages readers to reflect on why they make the choices that they doan excellent launching point for a discussion about peer pressure.

— Elan (Electronic Language)

well crafted and entertaining.

— The New Brunswick Reader

Teenage readers will be able to identify with Shelby, who has all the normal insecurities and emotional excesses appropriate to her age... Out of Ashes may be of particular interest to those who work with troubled teens.

— The Record

Shelby Belgarden is the new Nancy Drew for budding mystery readers.

— VOYA

Well written, exciting and thought-provoking.

— The Guardian, Charlottetown, PEI

The trials and tribulations of Shelby Belgarden make for excellent reading, guidance and discussion for young girls and their parents and teachers.

— Daily Gleaner (Fredericton, NB)

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