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Children's Fiction Survival Stories

The Last Goin' Off

by (author) Rhian Calcott

Nevermore Press, Ltd.
Initial publish date
Sep 2020
Survival Stories, Adolescence
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 17 to 18
  • Grade: 12


When his father and older brother are lost at sea, fourteen-year-old Aaron Conrad, finds himself the reluctant ‘head of the household’ and family breadwinner. His dream to continue his education beyond what is available at the Lunenburg Academy is now in peril. Aaron is forced to pursue the life of a fisherman aboard the very boat that claimed the lives of his family members. Set in Blue Rocks at the turn of the twentieth century, The Last Goin’ Off is a story of sacrifice and discovery.

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Excerpt: The Last Goin' Off (by (author) Rhian Calcott)

Urban’s got a blanket and he wraps Father in it like he’s a baby. He lifts Father under the arms, and I take ahold of his legs and we start on up to the house with Ruth trailing behind us, crying all soft like. We don’t go hardly any distance at all when Sidney Knickle and Hermie Rafuse appear and I’m right some glad to give up my place at Father’s feet. The ground’s been moving up and down around me and my stomach’s starting to feel bad. There’s a muscle jumping in my leg and next thing I’m stumbling like I’m staving drunk and my feet look real far away. I know what’s coming and I wave to Ruth to keep on going. I haven’t had a spell since last summer and I was starting to think that maybe they were gone for good. The doctor said they might stop as I got older, but it doesn’t look like that time’s come yet. The next thing I know my arms and legs are starting to twitch something fierce, the rocks are rushing up to meet me and the world’s going dark.