About this book
Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year
In 1981, sixteen-year-old Sally McLean is in a car full of teenagers when it plunges through the ice to the bottom of Mistik Lake. Sally is the only survivor.
Many years later, Sally's teenaged daughter, Odella, is left wondering whether the accident is to blame for her mother's life as a sad alcoholic who eventually abandons her family and flees to Iceland with another man. When Sally suddenly dies in an accident, Odella, her father and her two younger sisters are almost overwhelmed with grief and confusion, until three people provide help and healing in unexpected ways.
About the Author
Martha Brooks is an award-winning novelist, playwright and jazz singer whose books have been published in Spain, Italy, Japan, Denmark, England, Germany and Australia, as well as in Canada and the United States. She is a three-time winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book of the Year, as well as the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, and the Vicky Metcalf Award for her body of work. She lives in Winnipeg.
Awards and Praise
- Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008, 2008
- Commended Publishers Weekly Best Books 2007, 2007
- Commended CCBC Choices 2008, 2008
- Commended NYPL Books for the Teenage List, 2008
- Short-listed McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award, 2007
- Commended Booklist Top 10 Romance Fiction for Youth, 2008
- Commended OLA Best Bets - Reading for Young Adults (Fiction), 2007
- Winner CLA Young Adult Book of the Year Award, 2007
- Commended Quill & Quire Books of the Year 2007 List, 2007