The Saver [NOOK Book]

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Seventeen-year-old Fern is having a hard time: she finds school difficult, lives in a run-down apartment in a dangerous neighborhood, and watches her mother struggle to survive on a housekeeper’s meager salary. But through it all, Fern’s mother refuses to give in and makes sure that Fern knows she is loved. And Fern does have outlets: she writes to an imaginary friend named Xanoth, pets her beloved cat Beauty, and imagines living a different life. But when Fern’s mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, Fern finds...
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The Saver

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Overview

Seventeen-year-old Fern is having a hard time: she finds school difficult, lives in a run-down apartment in a dangerous neighborhood, and watches her mother struggle to survive on a housekeeper’s meager salary. But through it all, Fern’s mother refuses to give in and makes sure that Fern knows she is loved. And Fern does have outlets: she writes to an imaginary friend named Xanoth, pets her beloved cat Beauty, and imagines living a different life. But when Fern’s mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, Fern finds herself struggling to survive in an entirely new way. This young-adult novel tells a stirring tale of perseverance, love, and hope.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Betsy Fraser
What should be just another day for seventeen-year-old Fern is derailed when she arrives home to be told by her nosy neighbor that her mother has been taken to Montreal's General Hospital after falling down the stairs. Fern demonstrates the resilience that will characterize her throughout the rest of the book when she arrives at the hospital, where she finds out that her mother is dead and she must deal with a social worker with "big brown sadistic eyes" and a personality to match. Fern lies to everyone official about her age and comes up with a plan to support herself. She knows that her only relative is someone she has never met and that this plan will give her an opportunity to both leave school behind and perhaps to find a better existence than her mother had, one to which readers are exposed as Fern must try to eke out a living. Fern's determination to find a better place is both understandable and laudable. It brings her into contact with many characters who help and hinder her. The novel's epistolary format strains the concept somewhat, as it seems somewhat unrealistic that such a strong and clever teenager would still be writing letters to an imaginary alien of her plight. Reviewer: Betsy Fraser
School Library Journal

Gr 7-11

Fern, 17, returns home from school one afternoon to find out that her mother has been taken to the hospital. When the teen finally gets there, she is told that her mother has died of a massive heart attack. Fern immediately takes stock of the situation and realizes that she now has to make her own way in the world, as her only living relative is an uncle she's never met, and who was recently released from prison. Fern takes over her mother's house-cleaning jobs, but knows that she can't earn enough to support herself so she takes a job as a janitor, where she can get free rent. Although initially fearful, she quickly gains confidence in her abilities and adds two other part-time jobs. Nonetheless, she feels overwhelmed and exhausted all the time, until Uncle Jack shows up and helps out with some of the work she's been doing. Written as a series of letters to an imaginary friend on another planet, this is a compelling story of determination and the will to survive. Readers will sympathize with Fern's situation, especially in this time of serious economic instability. Pair this book with Paul Griffin's Ten Mile River (Dial, 2008) or Mary Pearson's A Room on Lorelei Street (Holt, 2005) for dramatic booktalks.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554980437
  • Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 1,257,694
  • Age range: 14 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edeet Ravel (www.edeet.com) was born on a kibbutz near the Lebanese border and lived in Israel until the age of seven, when she moved with her parents to Montreal. She returned to Jerusalem to study when she was eighteen. She has a PhD in Jewish Studies from McGill university and an MA in Creative Writing from Concordia. She has taught creative writing, English and Hebrew Literature and Holocaust Studies. Her trilogy about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has garnered considerable award recognition -- Ten Thousand Lovers was a finalist for the Governor General's award and shortlisted for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award; Look for Me won the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction, and A Wall of LIght was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Canada/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize and winner of the Canadian Jewish Book Award.
Edeet has also written three extremely popular books for younger readers -- The Thrilling Life of Pauline de Lammermoor, The Mysterious Adventures of Pauline Bovary and The Secret Journey of Pauline Siddhartha.
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    Great book

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