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Saving Grad

by Karen Spafford-Fitz

tagged: sexual abuse), holidays & celebrations, homelessness & poverty, friendship
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list price: $7.95
edition:eBook
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published: Aug 2017
pages: 184
ISBN:9781459412538
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer
Description

Vienna, a mixed-race teen and her mother experience racism and domestic violence while living with her step-father. They try to escape the situation by moving to a big city where they begin to start new lives. But staying under the radar is tough, and when her step-father shows up threatening her at her new high school's grad party, Vienna has to find a way to keep herself, her mother, and her friends out of harm's way.

This book illustrates the very real circumstances women and children victims of domestic abuse face and one family's struggle to escape a violent situation.

 

About the Author

Karen Spafford-Fitz is the author of several novels for young people, including Unity Club, Vanish and Dog Walker in the Orca Currents series. She lives in Edmonton.

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Contributor Notes

KAREN SPAFFORD-FITZ grew up in an old limestone farmhouse near Kingston, Ontario. Karen studied English Language and Literature at Queen's University. She went on to graduate in Education and taught elementary and junior-high students for eight years. Both her previous books, Dog Walker and Vanish have been recognized as Best Books by Resource Links and the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Karen lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
5
Awards
  • Winner, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Resource Links The Year's Best - Fiction Grades 7-12
Editorial Reviews

"The story of a young girl heading into her final year of high school. Her mom is in an abusive relationship, and there's racism involved as she's mixed Métis. They escape this man and move to Edmonton, but he finds them. It's got a lot of layers, really well done."

— Edmonton Journal

"This book was both inspirational and scary as it does not shy away from domestic violence and the results of living it."

— NetGalley

"Vienna is a solid role model for younger readers."

— CM: Candian Review of Materials

"In addition to the diverse protagonists, many secondary characters also bring diversity to the series."

— Kirkus Reviews

"Karen Spafford-Fitz has woven a realistic narrative in Saving Grad, with credible characters with whom teen readers can associate.The themes are everyday issues which are plausible and authentic. The novel is an easy read — only 184 pages with enough to keep readers engaged until the very end ... Saving Grad is an excellent novel for classroom discussion."

— Resource Links

"Saving Grad is un-put-down-able."

— Fiction for Young Adults

"[A story] about the strength of a mother and daughter who put the end to the violence that was going on in their lives. Vienna does what she has to keep her friends and her mother save when her family's problems come after them. It is a good fast paced story. I enjoyed it."

— NetGalley