• Pages:96
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:mental health, first love, healing, dissociation, child sexual abuse
  • Pub Date:09/13/2022
  • Lexile:NP
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Tuck navigates new love, past trauma and standing up for what's right in this novel in verse.

Grace has caught my eye
I stare and stare
at this girl I’ve missed
since we were five

Abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend has left fifteen-year-old Tuck broken and untrusting. But then he falls hard for his childhood friend Grace and starts to imagine a life where he is happy. At the fast-food restaurant where he works, Tuck is asked to explore starting up a union. His new sense of purpose, combined with his growing love for Grace, helps Tuck come to terms with his pain and find the strength to begin the healing process.

“This brief verse novel packs a punch: The poems are concise yet robust and convey a change in tone from sobering and intense to hopeful...Moving and accessible.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“A sweet love story…Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Succinctly told, and packs an emotional punch, exploring the themes of losing and finding one's voice, overcoming trauma, and the healing power of love.”
– Canadian Children's Book News