Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 18
- Grade: 8 to 12
- Reading age: 12 to 18
After her parents are deported, Maria's life is not only upended, it's in danger.
Jake's friend Maria is the daughter of undocumented immigrants who have been living and working in the country for a long time. But the new government has implemented a crackdown. Maria's parents are detained and quickly sent out of the country. Maria, who was born here, decides to hide out in Jake's basement rather than risk becoming a ward of the state. But when she returns to her old apartment to retrieve her hidden birth certificate, Maria is abducted by young men on the lookout for teenage girls who have lost their parents to deportation. Jake is determined to rescue Maria before she's turned over to the authorities. Or worse.
About the author
No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is leader of the rock band The Surf Poets.
- Commended, JLG Gold Standard Selection
"Teens will find this easy-to-read novel riveting…reluctant readers will be drawn to the action packed drama and regard this timely novel with interest."
School Library Connection
"Fast-paced…a good start for reluctant teen readers."
"Fast-paced and easy to read…A novel that will hold student readers' attention and will enable them to connect with the text in a variety of ways. Recommended."
Other titles by Lesley Choyce
Around England with a Dog
Around England with a Dog
Closing Down Heaven
Face the Music
Down Home for Christmas - Holiday Stories from Atlantic Canada
The Amazing History of a Coastal Village, Second Edition
The Trouble With Everything
The Rules Have Changed
Nova Scotia: Shaped by the Sea
A Living History