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Young Adult Fiction Coming Of Age


by (author) Amy Bright

Red Deer Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2014
Coming of Age
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2014
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


17-year-old Hunter Ryan is making a long-dreaded return trip home. He takes a Greyhound bus bound for Victoria, British Columbia with his ex-girlfriend Lee and a 12-year-old named Poppy. There's a reason that Hunter left his parents, his friends, and his sister Bridget behind when he left for Alberta to live with his Aunt Lynne. Now Lee has come to bring him back because it's time for him to face the real reason that he ran away. Swimmers traces their journey home, revealing Hunter's past and the precarious, uncertain present in which he now finds himself.

About the author

Amy Bright is an essayist, short story writer, and blogger who has lived in Alberta, British Columbia, California, and Florida. She currently lives in Lethbridge, Alberta. She received her BA from Mount Allison University, New Brunswick and her MA from the University of Victoria, BC. Her academic work can be found in the Journal of Children’s Literature and Studies in Canadian Literature. Before We Go is Amy’s debut novel.

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Editorial Reviews

"Swimmers is an amazing novel that can bring hope to many teens experiencing similar issues in their lives. When readers put down this novel, it may be heart-wrenching for them when they realize that Hunter, Poppy and Aunt Lynne have no more to say to them; however, they are characters that will stick with readers forever and their story will hopefully keep speaking to them.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

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