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Adult Fiction
Pages: 144
Themes: strong female lead, family, mid-life crisis, hostage-taking, romance
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 06/02/2018
Fry Reading Level: 4.2
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Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world. She has a lot to be thankful for: a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born. Then one day everything gets turned upside down. She loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a young man who robs the local café. With her world rapidly falling apart, Missy finds herself questioning the certainties she's lived with her whole life.

Originally published in 2010, The Middle Ground was a 2011 Golden Oak Award Nominee and an early work from an award-winning author. This edition includes discussion questions at the back for reading and literacy groups.

CM Magazine - January 26, 2018
"The Middle Ground is a well-written, fast-paced novel that deals with some very real issues that affect teenagers today…Whittall manages to pack in a ton of action and drama in this highly enjoyable read. Recommended."
CM Magazine - April 30, 2010
"Whittall's prose demonstrates vitality and humour as she includes the minutiae of daily life among the bizarre events in Missy's adventure...An entertaining read. Recommended."

Awards

Golden Oak Award nominee  | 2011 | Short-listed

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