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Breaking Point
     

Breaking Point

by Lesley Choyce
 

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Cameron has been in trouble with the law more than once for breaking and entering. After his latest conviction, he's sent to an outdoors program for young offenders rather than a standard juvenile detention facility. There he meets Brianna, a girl who has been caught selling drugs at her school. They bond quickly, and she convinces Cameron to steal two sea kayaks and

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Cameron has been in trouble with the law more than once for breaking and entering. After his latest conviction, he's sent to an outdoors program for young offenders rather than a standard juvenile detention facility. There he meets Brianna, a girl who has been caught selling drugs at her school. They bond quickly, and she convinces Cameron to steal two sea kayaks and head off with her into the wilderness of bays and coves of Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. It's a fearless but ill-timed escape as a hurricane is about to pound the coast. They must use all their courage and newfound survival skills if they are going to make it back to shore alive. And Cameron suspects that Brianna may not be telling him the truth about her real plans.

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Children's Literature - Miranda McClain
The shores of Nova Scotia are beautiful to be sure but they can also be deadly. And that is exactly what Cameron and Brianna realize as they make their daring escape from Camp Mosher. Camp Mosher is not your average camp and Cameron and Brianna are not your typical Canadian teens. It is a juvenile detention camp and they are convicted criminals, but still just kids under their tough exteriors. Brianna is reckless and self-destructive and Cameron gets caught up in her crazy scheme to kayak their way to freedom. Unfortunately, they make their desperate attempt right on the brink of a hurricane and since neither are experienced kayakers they end up putting their lives on the line. On a journey that will test their courage and survival skills they learn the true meaning of trust and the real cost of freedom. Even readers without a criminal record will be able to relate to the need to follow your dreams in the midst of extreme struggle and will find themselves rooting for the two runaway's to make it. Reviewer: Miranda McClain
Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"A good adventure story. The writing is clear, and he doesn't drag out the adventure sections with too much description of actions and details."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"Fast-paced and well-written...Will appeal to many young and reluctant readers."
Tacoma Public School District
"This book has a realistic feel and is a quick, fun recommendation for reluctant readers."
CM Magazine
"Choyce's writing style is clear and concise...The hi-low format—with its emphasis on plot, action, short chapters, and large font—assures that teens reading below grade level can easily follow the story's fast pace."
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"Students who are less independent or struggling readers will appreciate the language and length of this text...Recommended for school and public libraries who want to add a survival story to their hi-lo collection."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459801295
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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I could have been a good boy and done what I was told. But that wasn't my style. I just kept paddling, straight into the morning sun.

Meet the Author

Lesley Choyce is the award-winning author of dozens of books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. For more information, visit www.lesleychoyce.com.

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