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. Volume XXIII Number 15. . . .December 16, 2017
Ivan and Maddie have been friends since childhood. Growing up in the small community of Bear Harbour, BC, they’ve done everything together. But now that high school is over, things are changing. Maddie’s been accepted to Emily Carr University, but she is unsure if she wants to go. Ivan wants to escape from the pressures of taking care of his alcoholic father, but he is afraid to abandon him. As the pressures of their lives begin to fray at their friendship, both must decide what they really want from life, from each other, and how to make their decisions known to the people they love.
At the Edge of the World is the latest Orca release from author Kari Jones who has written several middle grade and teen novels for Orca. In At the Edge of the World, Jones addresses realistic and relatable issues of the late teen years, including transition from youth to adulthood, the challenges of changing friendships, and the responsibility of carrying dark and harmful secrets for others.
Although this novel moves at a more leisurely pace than many other Orca books, it still manages to keep the reader’s attention through the believable alternating narration of Ivan and Maddie. At the Edge of the World will be enjoyed by teens who enjoy realistic and contemporary fiction.
Tabitha Nordby is a Readers’ Advisory and Reference Instructor in the Library and Information Technology Program at Red River College in Winnipeg, MB.
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