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Shoulder the Sky

by Lesley Choyce

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published: Oct 2002
ISBN:9781554886067
publisher: Dundurn
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Winner of the 2003 Ann Connor Brimer Award, short-listed for the 2004 White Pine Award
Martin Emerson’s family, friends, and even his therapist have trouble figuring him out. He never showed much of a reaction to the death of his mother, and his behaviour of late has been getting more and more bizarre.
And yet, his website – Emerso.com – has made him something of a cult figure to followers who believe that, if not having all the right answers, "Emerso" at least has all the right questions.
Shoulder the Sky is a rarity among young adult novels – it challenges the reader with philosophical thought and complex observations.

About the Author
Lesley Choyce is the author of 67 books for adults, teens and children. He has taught at Dalhousie University for the past 25 years and is the publisher of Pottersfield Press. Lesley surfs year round in the North Atlantic and is considered the father of transcendental wood-splitting. He’s worked as a rehab counsellor, a freight hauler, a corn farmer, a janitor, a journalist, a lead guitarist, a newspaper boy and a well-digger. He lives in a 200 year old farm house at Lawrencetown Beach overlooking the ocean. He also hosts a nationally syndicated TV talk show on BookTelevision. His novel, The Republic of Nothing is currently being developed as a feature length movie. His animal epic film, The Skunk Whisperer, was broadcast across Canada and heralded at the Maine International Film Festival. Along with the Surf Poets, he has released two poetry/music albums, Long Lost Planet and Sea Level.
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Contributor Notes

Lesley Choyce is one of Canada's most prolific authors. A resident of East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, he has published more than fifty works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Shoulder the Sky is his fifteenth young adult novel. He is also the author of the adult novel Sea of Tranquility, forthcoming from Dundurn Press in spring, 2003.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 15
Grade:
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 15
Awards
  • Short-listed, White Pine Award
  • Winner, Ann Connor Brimer Award
Editorial Reviews

"This story is told with grace, integrity and the brash, engaging honesty Choyce fans will recognize and have grown to appreciate from his earlier works."

— The Telegram

"Choyce, with over 50 works of fiction to his credit, expertly infuses his characters with an engaging combination of muscles and poetry."

— Teresa Toten

Choyce writes well enough to impress even a sophisticated, well read teen.

— Vancouver Sun

Lesley Choyce's latest young adult novel has a complex texture and a strong and distinctive voice in its main character.

— Chronicle Herald

"Choyce expertly infuses his characters with an engaging combination of muscle and poetry."

— Quill and Quire

the characters are interesting and true to life.

— The Guardian (Charlottetown, PEI)

Fast-paced and intelligent, this story entertains as well as educates.

— VOYA

This book is written in an engaging and enthralling style with fully developed, dynamic characters and a plot that will keep the reader turning the pages far into the night.

— Eastword (Writer's Federation of Nova Scotia Newsletter)

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