Skip to main content Skip to search Skip to search

Young Adult Fiction Violence

Riley Park

by (author) Diane Tullson

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2009
Category
Violence, Death & Dying, Friendship
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781554691241
    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
    List Price
    $16.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554691234
    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
    List Price
    $9.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554697014
    Publish Date
    Apr 2009
    List Price
    $8.99

Add it to your shelf

Where to buy it

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18

Description

Seventeen-year-old Corbin plays hockey and is known as a scrapper on and off the ice. Fighting makes him feel strong. Corbin's friend, Darius, is socially adept and popular, and Darius's reckless risk-taking makes Corbin feel alive. With Rubee, a girl both boys like, Darius crosses a line, and after a party at Riley Park, Darius and Corbin are attacked. Darius is killed; Corbin is seriously injured. Corbin fights his clouded memory—he can't identify the assailants. He fights his weakened body—he can no longer play hockey. He fights the loss of his friend. But when he gives up the fight, he finds strength in acceptance.

About the author

Diane Tullson grew up in Calgary, Alberta, and has studied English literature, journalism and editing. Before becoming an author, Diane worked in newspaper, radio and travel. She is a member of the Canadian Children's Book Centre, the Vancouver Children's Literature Roundtable, Children's Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia and the Writers Union of Canada. Diane has been nominated for many awards, including the Stellar Award and the Arthur Ellis Award. Diane lives with her family in Delta, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.dianetullson.com.

Diane Tullson's profile page

Awards

  • Commended, TriState YA Review Group Book of Note
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Junior Library Guild Selection

Excerpt: Riley Park (by (author) Diane Tullson)

The steel bar swings again, thudding against Darius's back. Darius makes a whooshing noise, that's all.

Editorial Reviews

"Likable flawed characters drive the plot in this gritty contemporary drama. The fast-paced read feels current and edgy without succumbing to inner-city staging. Riley Park will have both reluctant and struggling readers flipping the pages."

School Library Journal

"Good for students who are looking for a quick read."

Resource Links

"An intriguing storyline...The story is told in first person by Corbin, pulling the reader into his changed life. The reader feels his doubt and anger. This book will make a good "guy read", especially for reluctant readers."

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"Another solid entry in the 'Orca Soundings' series that will appeal to either gender...Recommended."

CM Magazine

"A suspenseful, tightly plotted story that manages, in only 102 pages, to create both a memorable protagonist and a thought-provoking, emotionally involving story."

Booklist

Other titles by Diane Tullson