Written by Edeet Ravel
Publication Date September 01, 2008
Seventeen-year-old Fern has not had many breaks in life. She struggles at school and lives with her mother in a roach-infested apartment. Then, suddenly, her mother has a heart attack and dies, and Fern is devastated. But she's a survivor, and she's not afraid of hard work. Sidestepping social services, she quits school and sets out to look after herself.
With a little luck and ingenuity and a lot of determination, she manages to live rent-free by becoming a janitor in a crummy apartment building. When she runs out of toothpaste she gets freebies from dentists' offices. Then she tries to juggle two other shift jobs, including one in a restaurant kitchen, so she has access to leftover food. But despite her resourcefulness and resolve, the exhaustion and stress eventually take their toll, until Fern discovers that she is not really on her own after all.
Edeet Ravel was born on a kibbutz and lived in Israel until the age of seven. She has a PhD in Jewish Studies from McGill and an MA in creative Writing from Concordia. She has taught creative writing, English and Hebrew Literature and Holocaust Studies. In addition to her award-winning novels, Edeet has written several popular books for young adults -- The Thrilling Life of Pauline de Lamermoor, The Mysterious Adventures of Pauline Bovary and The Secret Journey of Pauline Siddhartha as well as The Saver for Groundwood. She lives in Guelph, Ontario.
"[The protaganist's] determination to find a better place is both understandable and laudable...a strong and clever teenager." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"Written as a series of letters to an imaginary friend on another planet, [The Saver is] a compelling story of determination and the will to survive." School Library Journal