Who Owns Kelly Paddik?

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I had to get away-that was all I could think about. I ran, as fast as my heart was beating, faster.

Kelly Paddik is locked up. Sent to a secure facility because she is a "danger to herself," all Kelly wants is to escape. But she has been running from everybody since her father abused her and her mother stood by and let it happen. It is only when she meets Chris that she begins to realize she is running from herself, and that if she wants ...

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Overview

I had to get away-that was all I could think about. I ran, as fast as my heart was beating, faster.

Kelly Paddik is locked up. Sent to a secure facility because she is a "danger to herself," all Kelly wants is to escape. But she has been running from everybody since her father abused her and her mother stood by and let it happen. It is only when she meets Chris that she begins to realize she is running from herself, and that if she wants control over her own life, she will first have to gain some self-respect.

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"Even the most resistant of teen readers will be thoroughly absorbed by 15-year-old Kelly and her situation...Goobie's characterization of Kelly and her powerhouse of rolling impulses and emotions is keenly convincing."
KLIATT
This is a multi-book review. Orca Soundings novels are short and aimed at the reluctant teenage reader. Goobie's story will grab those YA readers who are moved by the dilemma of angry girls who have been victims of sexual abuse. Who owns you, Kelly? Your father who did this to you? Or do you own your own life? That's how her therapist talks to her. Kelly is a runaway, furious with the mother who allowed the abuse, a street person now incarcerated in a lockup for troubled adolescent girls. It isn't the first time. She knows who to trust and how to stay silent. Goobie is adept at handling this story. Bull Rider is also dramatic, but tells a completely different story. It is set in Calgary and centers on a family close to rodeo life. The father was killed while riding a bull, and so the mother is determined that her son Layne won't follow in his father's path. Layne has different ideas, of course, and he learns to ride bulls without his mother knowing what he is doing. The cover is also dramatic: a bull trampling a cowboy on the ground. A contemporary tale that offers an unusual setting, this will appeal to many YA readers. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, Orca Soundings, 89p.,
— Claire Rosser
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Kelly Paddik, 15, has run from everybody since her father sexually abused her and her mother stood by and let it happen. It is only when she meets Chris at the Marymound School for Girls, a detention home, that she begins to realize she is running from herself, and that her father is still controlling her life even though he is dead and can no longer hurt her. Goobie's use of imagery and true-to-life characters will capture the hearts of readers who will root for Kelly to make her life all that it can be. Even though this book is geared toward reluctant readers, most teens will appreciate this grim but satisfying read.-Susan Geye, Crowley Ninth Grade Campus, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551432397
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: Orca Soundings Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 958,434
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Beth Goobie is an award-winning author of a number of books for teens. Her book, Before Wings, won the CLA YA Book Award, was a Governor General's Award nominee, an ALA Best Book nominee and a Teen Top Ten.

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Pushing open the car door, I dug my feet into the ground and took off for the gate. I could hear my social worker yelling, but then a huge roaring filled my ears. At the parking lot entrance, the horror movie gate still stood open, waiting for me.

I had to get away—that was all I could think about. The gate grew and grew, and then I was through it and out in the street. Everything in me pulled together and began to run, fast as my heart was beating, faster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

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    This book is great! I loved it! It had suspense! A little bit of humor too! I think any one should read this but you should be 11 years old or older. Also, this book was all about what happpens to you when you do something bad as a child(like drugs). It is a story about a kid and the kid is telling it! Just so you know!

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