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Young Adult Fiction Parents

Shattered Glass

by (author) Teresa Toten

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2015
Category
Parents, Emotions & Feelings, Orphans & Foster Homes
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459806719
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $14.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459806733
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $0.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781459810976
    Publish Date
    Sep 2015
    List Price
    $0.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

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

Description

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.
Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.

About the author

 

TERESA TOTEN won the Governor General’s Literary Award in Canada for The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B, which also won the American Library Association’s Schneider Family Book Award, and was chosen by the International Board on Books for Young People as one of its Outstanding Books for Young People With Disabilities in 2015. She is the author of the international bestseller Beware that Girl and the acclaimed Blondes series, as well as The Game, The Onlyhouse, and, with Eric Walters, The Taming. Teresa lives in Toronto, Ontario. Visit her online at www.teresatoten.com and on Facebook, and follow her at @TTotenAuthor on Twitter.

 

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Red Maple Fiction Award
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

Editorial Reviews

"The setting is fascinating, and the dynamics of suddenly moving from a small town to a big city are well explored. Fans of romance and mystery will appreciate this book."

VOYA

"The style in which this book is written and the mixture between humor and seriousness are entertaining. The plots of the Secrets book mix together well, and the different styles of writing work together to make these individual stories connect."

VOYA, Teen Reviewer

"With their accessible themes, these short titles [in the Secrets series] are great for reluctant readers interested in the 1960s...Highly readable historical fiction."

School Library Journal

"I loved all the secondary characters and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn’t expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story."

The Spellbound Reader blog

"Toni’s character was likable...and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn’t expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story."

Remember the Books blog

"Toten’s strength is in the cast of characters and misadventures which her heroine encounters. Reminiscent of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Toni is engaging as the 'good girl' who is challenged to make her way in the big city."

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"Toten gets the reader in the gut with Shattered Glass...It’s a compelling story...that is never obvious nor predictable but rather sweeping as it carries Toni and the reader along to a satisfying conclusion."

CanLit for Little Canadians blog

"The story is at its best when Toni sifts through the clues to her past—uncovering the identity of her father, determining the sad truth about her mother, and finally learning details of the fire that left Toni emotionally and physically scarred...Recommended."

CM Magazine

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