Disconnected

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In this exciting coming of age story, the lives of two boys, separated by several hundred miles, begin to converge and they learn valuable lessons about life and the connections carried from birth.

Far inland, Tanner is concerned and frightened by a repeated dream of the sea, increasingly severe headaches and the rage that is beginning to control him. When a hockey trip to the coast presents itself, Tanner believes he will have a chance to ...

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Overview

In this exciting coming of age story, the lives of two boys, separated by several hundred miles, begin to converge and they learn valuable lessons about life and the connections carried from birth.

Far inland, Tanner is concerned and frightened by a repeated dream of the sea, increasingly severe headaches and the rage that is beginning to control him. When a hockey trip to the coast presents itself, Tanner believes he will have a chance to solve the mystery of the dream and hopefully find some measure of peace.

Meanwhile, Alex is stuck in a small coastal community, with a father he can barely stand and a burning desire to get out, even if that means leaving behind the one person he truly cares for. When he does make it to the big city Alex finds that his problems have only just begun. Faced with a difficult decision, he makes the wrong choice and the situation progresses rapidly from bad to worse.

Fourteen-year-old Canadians, Tanner and Alex, discover they have a mysterious connection when drug dealers kidnap Tanner while he is on a hockey trip, mistaking him for Alex who met them while running away from an abusive father.

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Editorial Reviews

Linda Salisbury
Adults will appreciate that the [Hrdlitschka] does not glamorize the life of a runaway...the engaging plot will make teenage readers look forward to staying connected to this Canadian author's imagination.
ForeWord Magazine
Children's Literature - Bonnie Bruneau
In this coming-of-age tale, twins learn of the mysterious ties that bind them from birth. A boy named Tanner is worried and scared about a recurring dream of the sea. Because of this, he has horrible headaches. His anger is starting to overtake him. Tanner lives inland, and when he takes a hockey trip up to the coast, he thinks that maybe then he will be able to interpret the dream and find peace. Another boy, Alex, is stuck living on the coast with his father whom he doesn't like very much. He wants to leave and get away, but a lot of problems lie ahead. Tanner and Alex come to realize that a person is never really alone, even though sometimes the person may not be aware of it or see it that way.
VOYA - Jamie S. Hansen
Although Tanner and Alex do not know each other, the teenagers share the same sense of isolation. Both feel disconnected-from family, society, and even reality. The boys are unhappy at home; Alex hates and fears his abusive father, and Tanner does not seem to belong at school or in his own family. These two lives finally intersect when the thugs hunting for runaway Alex mistakenly abduct Tanner. Because Tanner and Alex are really identical twins, separated at birth, they have the ability to communicate mentally. Throughout their lives, their minds have been trying to reestablish their lost psychic connection. After receiving a mental call for help, Alex is able to lead police to his injured twin. At the conclusion of the novel, the boys-although physically separated once more-are honing their telepathic and telekinesis skills and connecting, at last. Sadly, for a book about the paranormal, Disconnected is just not very exciting. Even the additional plot threads about bullies, street kids, drug lords, crime, boy-girl relationships, and kidnapping cannot rescue this novel from the doldrums. None of the characters are especially memorable, even Alex and Tanner. Potential browsers are unlikely to be attracted to the peculiar and poorly drawn cover art. Rather than pushing this Canadian import, help your readers connect with William Sleator or Madeleine L'Engle. VOYA Codes: 2Q 2P M J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q, For the YA reader with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 7-9For years, Tanner has had a recurring dream of swimming in the ocean, although he has never seen the ocean and cannot swim. The fall that he is 14, he begins having the dream more regularly, but it is becoming nightmarish. At the same time, Alex, who lives in a small coastal town, is biding his time until he can save enough money to run away from his abusive, alcoholic father. In December, Tanner goes to Vancouver with his hockey team; there, he hopes to see the ocean and put to rest his obsession with it. Meanwhile, Alex runs away to Vancouver but finds that life there is not easy. When Alexs girlfriend meets Tanner at the hockey game, it is only a matter of time until the two boys meet and find out that they are twins who were separated at birth. The book gets off to a slow start as the author sets the stage for the action, but then the pace picks up. Telepathy and telekinesis are used to explore the sense of disconnectedness that adolescents feel and the wish for a deeper connection with someone at any level. The combination of eerie dreams, a little romance, and ice hockey results in a good mix with reader appeal.Lynn W. Zimmerman, Southeast Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613292269
  • Publisher: Bt Bound
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 11 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.54 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Hrdlitschka discovered her love for children's literature while teaching school. She decided to try writing her own books, and is now the award-winning author of nine novels for teens, all published by Orca Book Publishers.

Shelley offers school and library presentations on the value of perseverance. She describes the pitfalls she encountered on her path to becoming a published author and discusses where ideas come from using examples from her books. She touches on numerous literary devices, tailored to the age of the audience. Shelley also reads from some of her many rejection letters-the part of the presentation that students seem to like most. She is also available for writing workshops.

Shelley lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with her three daughters and an assortment of animals. When she's not writing, she can be found hiking, snowshoeing, practicing yoga or hidden away with a book and some good music. More information can be found at http://shelleyhrdlitschka.wordpress.com.

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The rhythm of the motion lulled him. The water felt warm and comforting, like he was wrapped in protective arms. But he had to press on. Had to get away. Had to fight the urge to let the water pull him down.

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