Today is the six-month anniversary of my girlfriend’s death. It will be tough to get through. But I made a promise to honor Fern’s memory and turn my life around and I’m going to keep it.
Sure, I screwed up big-time after she died. But look how far I’ve come. Three months ago I started off as a dishwasher at Pepper & Pie restaurant. I worked my way up and now I’m a shift manager, and I help train staff.
There’s a new girl working this morning. Amena is from Syria and hasn’t been here long. Her English isn’t great, but I think she understands me okay. I explain that customers order and pay at the counter, and then we give them a number to put on their table. When their food is ready, she should take it to the table with that number.
Orca is a publisher that focuses on high interest readings for teens who are looking for something plot-driven and engaging, and that is exactly what Stranded is – a fast-paced thriller that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. Kipp is a down on his luck teen who is looking for a chance to make it in this world. When he meets Reba, he thinks that his luck is about to change and that things are looking up. Reba offers him a place in her home and spending money in exchange for his doing chores. The only caveat is that street drugs are absolutely off limits. Reba becomes concerned that Kipp is using again, and that is where things take a major turn for Kipp. Reba decides to take things into her own hands and tricks Kipp into a boating trip where she leaves him stranded on an island in the hopes of his kicking his non-existent drug habit. It turns out that this is not the first youth that Reba has befriended and then left stranded on an uninhabited island in the hope of helping them with their drug use. It is with another such youth that Kipp forms a friendship and figures out a way to get off the island and back to safety.
Shipley has really written a page-turner in Stranded, and its visually stunning cover with strong graphics is sure to help readers find this book. Strandeddoes exactly what it sets out to do – create a gripping and realistic thriller that will engage and keep readers involved until the end.
Cameron Ray is a librarian with the Toronto Public Library.