A Novel

Paperback - 2006
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No one is who they seem to be in Charlie's world. Not her father, the boy she likes, or even the mysterious man from her mother's funeral.

Sixteen-year-old Charlie, an ambitious and dedicated writer who thinks her small-town life doesn't offer any material for her work, is sure of three things:

That her blow-up at her tactless creative writing teacher must have contributed to his heart attack, That she doesn't want to spend her summer with her father's girlfriend and her triplets, And that she has to get away.

She decides to spend the summer with her grandmother on remote Lake Ringrose in northern Ontario, where she thinks she can laze on a hammock all summer and get in touch with her mother's roots. Instead, she steps into a series of unexpected adventures that will alter her view of what seemed a dull and tedious existence. For one thing, she agrees to compete in the gruelling Four Islands Race. Then she falls for Kerry, a handsome local hunk, and wants to tell him how she feels. As revelation upon revelation builds, she discovers the unthinkable: Kerry is her half-brother and the man she's always taken to be her father isn't after all. And then there's the mystery of the Chocolate Moose Man, an almost mythical figure who turned up at her mother's funeral thirteen years before.

It's all rich grist for a keen-eyed young writer's mill, as Charlie learns that the best material comes not from exciting travels and circumstances, but from journeys to new places inside herself.

Publisher: Calgary : Red Deer Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780889953475
Characteristics: 228 pages ;,22 cm.


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alyem Aug 01, 2014

This book was amazing! I never would have found it on the shelf by myself, but after a friend recommended it and I started reading, I couldn't put it down!!! It is honestly one of my favourite books! If only it was a longer book. Great for summer time reading.

Oct 18, 2011

This book is truly fantastic. The content the author has written was described with good detail. I loved the how every chapter had a cliff hanger which made you want to read more and more. I especially loved the twist in the end.

Nov 01, 2010

loved this book, it`s a great summer read, and it has such a great twist.

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alyem thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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KHaney Mar 19, 2008

"Was it normal to know precisely who I wasn't, but not have a clue who I was?" Sixteen--year-old Charlena, "Charlie," definitely knows that she doesn't want to spend the summer with her father and his girlfriend, so she escapes to Gram's cottage on Lake Ringrose, where she hopes to explore her deceased mother's roots and lick her wounds over her creative-writing teacher's stinging words at the close of the school year. Interesting characters and a strong sense of setting bring the small northern Ontario community to life. Charlie doesn't realize that her gram's warnings against getting romantically involved with handsome local boy Kerry are founded not just on over protectiveness but on a family secret dealing with Charlie's true paternity. More than one mystery comes to light here, and all of the story's threads wrap up neatly at summer's end, including a different romance for Charlie.


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