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The Way Back Home 12+

Power of Story: Mental Health
Paperback  Ebook  
ISBN: 9781443148399 Pages: 280 Ages: 12-18 Dimensions: 5.52" x 8.26"
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A coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of one family's secrets — now in paperback!

Zoe's straitlaced and narrow-minded parents don't understand her. Worse than that, they also want to put Zoe's beloved Granny in a seniors home, despite Zoe's objections. Sure, Granny has become a bit odd and her memory is spotty, but she's outspoken and funny, and Zoe loves her. Granny still mourns her favourite son, Teddy, who was also a troublemaker, and who died before Zoe was born.

Or did he?

After a series of disastrous incidents, including a school suspension and a near-death bullying experience, Zoe decides to liberate herself and her grandmother from their respective prisons, taking them on an unforgettable journey to Toronto, where Zoe learns the truth about her uncle and discovers strengths of her own that just might help her find a way back home.

From internationally award-winning novelist Allan Stratton comes a moving story of unresolved family conflicts and a young girl's awakening to the things that matter most.


Praise and Accolades for The Way Back Home:

"Funny, raw and heartbreaking, this emotional story about family, loss and transformation will touch readers and raise questions about loyalty, justice and forgiveness." — Canadian Children's Book News

“The Way Back Home is a heartfelt, riveting novel from a master of his craft.” —Quill and Quire

“With LGBTQ themes and a satisfying ending, The Way Back Home is a heartwarming story about a granddaughter's unconditional love for her grandmother.” —National Reading Campaign

Carnegie Medal, UK 2018, Nominated

Governor General's Award, Young People's Literature — Text, 2017, Short-listed

Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection 2017

OLA Red Maple Award for Fiction, 2018, Finalist


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