Shattered Glass

  • Pages:256
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:historical fiction, mystery, coming of age, family secrets, Orphans
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  • Pub Date:09/29/2015
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Lexile:HL590L
  • ATOS:4.2
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.

Part of the SECRETS—a series of seven linked novels that can be read in any order.
"Toni’s character was likable...and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn’t expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story."
– Remember the Books blog
"The story is at its best when Toni sifts through the clues to her past—uncovering the identity of her father, determining the sad truth about her mother, and finally learning details of the fire that left Toni emotionally and physically scarred...Recommended."
– CM Magazine
"The setting is fascinating, and the dynamics of suddenly moving from a small town to a big city are well explored. Fans of romance and mystery will appreciate this book."
– VOYA
"The style in which this book is written and the mixture between humor and seriousness are entertaining. The plots of the Secrets book mix together well, and the different styles of writing work together to make these individual stories connect."
– VOYA, Teen Reviewer
"I loved all the secondary characters and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn’t expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story."
– The Spellbound Reader blog
"Toten gets the reader in the gut with Shattered Glass...It’s a compelling story...that is never obvious nor predictable but rather sweeping as it carries Toni and the reader along to a satisfying conclusion."
– CanLit for Little Canadians blog
"With their accessible themes, these short titles [in the Secrets series] are great for reluctant readers interested in the 1960s...Highly readable historical fiction."
– School Library Journal
"Toten’s strength is in the cast of characters and misadventures which her heroine encounters. Reminiscent of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Toni is engaging as the 'good girl' who is challenged to make her way in the big city."
– Resource Links
Red Maple Fiction Award   | 2017  |  Short-listed
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens   | 2016  |  Commended