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Out of this place

by Cameron, Emma,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Bethel Park Public Library Young Adult YA CAMERON Emma
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Young Adult
Call Number  YA CAMERON Emma
A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities -- and move toward their dreams.

Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories -- and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends from talented author Emma Cameron.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Luke, Casey, and Bongo are classmates and friends, part of a larger group of teens who are at the end of their school careers and trying to figure out what life holds in store for them. Luke is earnest and reliable, considering a future where he can be of use. Casey is painfully aware that her parents married because she was on the way, and longs to escape from her controlling father. Bongo, trying to avoid his abusive stepfather, wants to be reunited with his younger brother, Dylan, who was taken away by social services because their mother struggles with drug addiction. Cameron's debut is a novel in verse, and each character gets a chance to tell part of the story. There is some overlap between the three parts, but mainly each section extends the narrative, and Casey's is the longest and most developed. The struggle for the three teens to leave this place, which is physically and spiritually different for each, is told with honesty and hope. The book is left open-ended, reinforcing the idea that just like life the story continues.--Dean, Kara Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Teenagers -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.
Australia -- Fiction.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2013
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Description 402 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780763664046
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