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Young Adult Fiction Death & Dying

A Hole in the Hedge

by (author) Grace Casselman

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2003
Death & Dying, Dating & Sex, Bullying
Recommended Age
12 to 15
Recommended Grade
7 to 10
Recommended Reading age
12 to 15
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An expert at fierce scowls and unpleasant grimaces, twelve-year-old Kaitlin Anderson presents a tough face to the world, usually hiding her quirky, imaginative nature. Still dealing with the loss of her mother to cancer, Kaitlin is less than kindly disposed to her stepmother Jane and her bratty half-sister, Anna. Meanwhile, Kaitlin has firmly fastened the bulk of her antagonism on her next-door neighbour - the odious boy, Michael, who used to be her best pal. Now, with the help of her friends, she devotes much of her energy to scheming to make him as miserable as possible. But is that what she really wants? Kaitlin’s friends are a mixed bunch. There’s her very favorite buddy in the world, Tracy - who seems to be losing her grip on reality. In contrast, there’s the unflappable Winter, Kaitlin’s prime competitor in all things academic. And don’t forget the class heart-throb Glenn, who has suddenly developed a particular interest in Kaitlin. Does he want to be more than friends? And can she trust him? When her dad finally delivers a letter written by her mom just before her death, Kaitlin has to deal with her own grief and anger. But unexpectedly, she’s able to use that letter and her own experiences to give some help and comfort to someone else who really needs it. And ultimately, she’s forced to make some tough decisions about revenge and forgiveness. In the face of love and loyalty, Kaitlin has to decide what’s most important in life.

About the author

Grace Casselman worked for many years as a business and technology journalist -- writing for a number of prominent newspapers, such as the National Post, the Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. She also edited technology magazines, including Computerworld Canada, Canadian Computer Wholesaler and ebiz Magazine. That line of work gave her the chance to travel and has taken her to tradeshows and conventions all across the United States and throughout Europe. Grace grew up as a minister's daughter, moving from parish to parish in Eastern and Northern Ontario. In total, she ended up attending five elementary schools and two high schools. While it was somewhat traumatic always being "the new kid“, that experience helped her in later life to adapt to new situations. Grace was always interested in writing. She decided to study at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Journalism, graduating in 1991. She worked on staff at technology publications for number of years. In 1997, she moved to Calgary, where she was able to use her technology journalism contacts to establish herself as a freelance writer. She lives with her husband and son in Calgary. Her first novel for young readers, A Hole in the Hedge, was published by Napoleon in 2003. It was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year and won an Alberta Book Award. A Walk in the Park features many of the same characters but deals with the story of a new protagonist, Terra, a fourteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt to life in a new town, and the issue of adoption. This talented novelist passed away in late 2006 and is missed by all.

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