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Young Adult Fiction Disabilities & Special Needs

Life Expectancy

by (author) Alison Hughes

Cormorant Books
Initial publish date
Sep 2023
Disabilities & Special Needs, General (see also headings under Social Themes), Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries
Recommended Age
13 to 18
Recommended Grade
8 to 12
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2023
    List Price

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How do you go on after making a life-altering discovery about yourself?

Sophie St. John’s grandmother, a world-renowned writer, may be as talented as she is rude, but Sophie is just Sophie: clumsy, emotional, and prone to outbursts.

When she stars in a class play based on her grandmother’s famous novel and then comes across an old legal case while doing research for homework, Sophie uncovers a profound, devastating, life-changing secret — a secret her parents have kept from her since birth.

Faced with a revelation that changes her entire future, Sophie must confront her dysfunctional family, ponder her life goals, and summon the courage to finally start living on her own terms.

About the author

Alison Hughes is the award-winning author of twenty books for children and young adults. Her YA novel Hit the Ground Running was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards. Hughes’ works have also won the R. Ross Annett Award and the Writers’ Union of Canada Writing for Children Award, and have been nominated for numerous provincial children’s choice awards. Hughes is a university writing advisor and gives workshops and presentations at schools, libraries, conferences and festivals. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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