Out of This Place
By Emma Cameron
(Candlewick, Hardcover, 9780763664046, 416pp.)
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
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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 new author Emma Cameron.
Emma Cameron works in school libraries, where she enjoys being surrounded by books and children. About Out of This Place, her first novel, she says, "I am fascinated by watching people finding their way in life. . . . I always hope that where people end up is not too far away from where they had aimed to be." She lives in the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia.
It is a spectacular novel that will have readers finishing the whole thing in one sitting.