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Counting Back From Nine
     

Counting Back From Nine

by Valerie Sherrard
 

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Governor General's Literary Award 2013, finalist

Forest of Reading's Red Maple-Fiction 2014 nominee

Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2013 Honourable mention

"There are rules for what I've done. Specific punishments for crimes against friendship."

Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend's

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Governor General's Literary Award 2013, finalist

Forest of Reading's Red Maple-Fiction 2014 nominee

Ontario Library Association Best Bets List 2013 Honourable mention

"There are rules for what I've done. Specific punishments for crimes against friendship."

Laren Olivier knows the rules, but her attraction to a friend's ex-boyfriend is strong. She tells herself that if she and Scott can keep their new romance a secret, no one will get hurt. But Laren is not the only one with something to hide.

Thus begins a year-long journey through secrets, lies, exposures and betrayals. Somehow, Laren must find a way to reconcile who she is with what she's done. And when tragedy strikes, she finds herself struggling with a discovery so shocking it rocks the very foundation of her world.

A novel in free verse by award-winning author Valerie Sherrard.

Reviews:
"Counting Back from Nine is a powerful young adult novel. It's not just another story of a high school romance that fails; it's about the tensions (and joys) of family relationships, the impact of losing a parent at a formative point in one's emotional development, and the social fall-out resulting when a girl knowingly breaks the unspoken rules of high school female friendships and finds herself "un-friended".
"Anyone who has read Valerie Sherrard's other works knows that she is expert at capturing the nuances of adolescent conversation. In Counting Back from Nine, the voices of Laren and her mother are strong and distinct.
"The novel is written in free verse, and not only does the poetry capture the rhythms of speech more effectively, but the visual impact of the free verse adds another powerful dimension. And, somehow, the nastiness of which teen-age girls are especially capable, is even meaner when rendered in poetry... While the novel certainly isn't "chick lit", this is a book which will be read and enjoyed primarily by a female audience. Guys just aren't going to pick up a book with a cover featuring photo vignettes of a younger and older girl, surrounded by abstract bubbles. It's a shame, because Counting Back from Nine is an excellent novel."
Highly Recommended.
-- CM Magazine

"The language is stark but poetic, and the free verse format perfectly suits the story. Sherrard?s characters are written with compassion, and a keen understanding of how teenagers think and feel. Laren's voice feels authentic and emotionally true, and readers will empathize with her feelings of isolation and grief.
"Counting Back from Nine is poignant and emotionally resonant, and teens will be wholly engaged from the first page to the last."
Recommended
-- Canadian Children Booknews

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Laren finds her friend status on Facebook gone from "Best Friend to Unfriend./Discarded in a single click" when she falls for her best friend's boyfriend. Scott is emotionally unresponsive; his interests are hockey and the next girlfriend, while Laren's father is her safety net. When he has a fatal accident, the hidden truths about his life gradually surface. When "what cannot be/crashes into what is," Laren experiences grief, anger, shame, and a deep sense of alienation from everything she once held to be true. Her mother focuses on externals such as home redecorating and her son's new vegetarian choice, which is unfortunately treated as a symptom of grief that he will get over. Laren succeeds in putting her world back together by coming to new truths about herself, her parents, and her friends with some help from a counselor who supports her journey of self-discovery. Eventually she gains new friends and comes to embrace the strengths of her family. Through letters and spare verse, the teen's story is propelled forward at a quick pace. This book is well suited as a low-level, high-interest read that examines the often-vulnerable nature of friendship, the pain of ostracism, and coming to terms with the realization that the lives of parents are often complicated. Pair this title with Susane Colasanti's Keep Holding On (Viking, 2012) for a girls' book discussion group. Don't forget the tissues.—Teresa Pfeifer, The Springfield Renaissance School, Springfield, MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554552450
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
11/30/2012
Pages:
198
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Valerie Sherrard's ambition to become a writer was kindled when she was in grade six and living with her family in Lahr, West Germany, where her father was stationed. Her homeroom teacher praised her efforts and instilled in her a lifelong belief in her ability to write. Valerie has written a number of award-winning books for young readers, including The Glory Wind, Tumbleweed Skies, Out of the Ashes, Kate, and Sam's Light.

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