Mistik Lake

Mistik Lake

Written by: Brooks, Martha
ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up

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.

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.

Published By Groundwood Books Ltd - May 1, 2007
Specifications pages | 5.13 in x 7 in
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"...beautifully crafted...An exceptional writer, Brooks once again immerses readers in a fully realized fictional world and leaves them potentially wiser for the experience." — Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

"...expands its exceedingly well-told tale of teenage romance with equally absorbing stories of adults who have played the tricky game of love." — Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

"Brooks' affecting novel explores the weighty legacy of family secrets and cultural heritage...Readers will connect strongly with the teenager's astonished, powerful feelings of first love and her shocked realization that painful family burdens can also be life-changing gifts." — Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

"Everyone suffers, but the momentum remains steady and, in the end, it is the author's ability to convey the characters' love for one another, as complicated as it often is, that floats to the top." — Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"Mistik Lake is such a wonderfully absorbing read you want to spend more time with even the minor characters, and the prose is so pure, the dialogue so sharp and funny, you're carried along in perpetual pleasure. Like Barbara Kingsolver and Ursula LeGuin, Martha Brooks makes us emerge from her novels a little more in love with the world, a little more rueful about its follies, a little more hopeful about the possibilities of redemption. It will be astonishing, and deeply wrong, if Mistik Lake doesn't win huge numbers of readers as well as its own swath of prizes and honours." — Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Audience ages 14 and up / grades 9 and up