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Girl Sent Away
     

Girl Sent Away

by Lynne Griffin
 

Toby Sedgwick is terrified by his daughter's increasingly reckless behavior and takes a tough love approach, enrolling Ava in Mount Hope, a wilderness behavioral camp for troubled teens. Ava quickly realizes that the camp is little more than a prison, warehousing and abusing kids for their parents' money. And after spending a disturbing weekend completing the

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Toby Sedgwick is terrified by his daughter's increasingly reckless behavior and takes a tough love approach, enrolling Ava in Mount Hope, a wilderness behavioral camp for troubled teens. Ava quickly realizes that the camp is little more than a prison, warehousing and abusing kids for their parents' money. And after spending a disturbing weekend completing the parent portion of treatment, Toby knows it too. As Ava desperately searches for a way out of Mount Hope, she is faced with resurfacing memories of a family tragedy—she can no longer suppress the pain of what happened to her mother and sister eight years earlier in Thailand. As father and daughter fight to get back to each other, the truth may irrevocably tear them apart.

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From Kirkus Reviews:With its young heroine and sensitive examination of adolescents in crisis, Girl Sent Away would do well to also find a teen audience.
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-17
A troubled girl is sent to an interventionist boot camp where the teens are treated to the sadistic impulses of their counselors.Though she can't clearly recall her mother's and sister's deaths in the devastating tsunami that hit Southeast Asia in 2004, Ava has felt the effects of their absences—both she and her father, Toby, are emotionally stunted, the happiness drained out of their lives. Now 16, she's beginning to recall moments of that fateful day in Thailand, on what was supposed to be the perfect holiday. When she remembers, she blacks out, though her father thinks she's doing drugs. After what appears to be a suicide attempt on the train tracks, Toby sends Ava to Mount Hope, a kind of tough-love recovery center for teens. Although it looks like a New England summer camp to visitors, the reality is grim. The teens, some of whom have serious mental health issues, are routinely deprived of food and water, are shamed and hit, and are sent to solitary confinement when they rebel. In therapy, they're encouraged to lie so that when their parents read their journals, the efficacy of the treatment will ensure a few more months at Mount Hope. When Toby is finally allowed to visit, he's dismayed by the cultish brutality of the place and takes Ava out. The second half of the novel focuses on the real work Toby and Ava have to do to heal from their family tragedy, one they've been trying to ignore for years. Holed up in their old Maine vacation house, Ava builds a tentative friendship with James, an artist who is their offseason caretaker, while Toby works to get Mount Hope shut down. With its young heroine and sensitive examination of adolescents in crisis, this would do well to also find a teen audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983150572
Publisher:
SixOneSeven Books
Publication date:
11/15/2015
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
583,805
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

LYNNE GRIFFIN is an acclaimed novelist and a nationally recognized expert on family life. She is the author of the novels, SEA ESCAPE (Simon & Schuster, 2010) and LIFE WITHOUT SUMMER (St. Martin’s Press, 2009). Her third novel GIRL SENT AWAY (SixOneSeven Books) will be published in November 2015.Lynne is also the author of the nonfiction guides LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH (SixOneSeven Books) and NEGOTIATION GENERATION (Penguin, 2007).Lynne teaches family studies at the graduate level at Wheelock College, and fiction writing at GrubStreet Writers. In partnership with GrubStreet, she facilitates the program for soon-to-be-published writers called Launch Lab.She’s written short fiction, essays, and health, education, and parenting pieces for Salon, the Boston Globe, Brain, Child, Parenting Magazine, Scholastic Parent & Child, The Writer Magazine, Psychology Today, and more.Lynne blogs for LitChat.com and PsychologyToday.com. To learn more about Lynne’s work visit, http://www.LynneGriffin.com or follow her at https://twitter.com/Lynne_Griffin.

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