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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 120
Themes: grief, loneliness, mental illness, missing teens, kidnapping
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 22/Sep/2020
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
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After his girlfriend’s accidental death by overdose, Kipp has been living on the streets, overwhelmed by his grief. He wants to honor her memory and finds help to get clean, but just when he feels like he’s getting his life together, everything comes crashing down. He gets fired from his job and kicked out of his rented room on the same day. So when Reba, a friendly woman he met at the shelter, offers him a job and a place to live, he leaps at the chance. This is his lucky break. But when a girl comes to Reba's house looking for her missing brother, Kipp starts to wonder what Reba's real story is and if his lucky break might actually be a nightmare.

Kirkus Reviews
“Kipp is a plucky and introspective narrator whose struggles will likely resonate with readers...A sensitive survivor story for reluctant readers.”
School Library Journal
“These engaging, fast-paced books...depict difficult topics with sensitivity.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Does exactly what it sets out to do – create a gripping and realistic thriller that will engage and keep readers involved until the end. Highly Recommended.”


CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens  | 2021 | Commended

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