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category: Young Adult Fiction
published: Jan 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers


by Karen Spafford-Fitz

tagged: thrillers & suspense, contemporary, runaways, diversity & multicultural

After his younger sister dies, 17-year-old Jean-Luc goes into a downward spiral.

He is sent away for the summer to live with his uncle in a small town on the coast of France. On his first day there he meets the beautiful Selina and decides that this summer might not be so bad after all. That is until he realizes that she stole his wallet. Jean-Luc does some detective work and eventually tracks her down. Selina confesses that she and other runaway teens are being exploited by a mysterious figure known only as Le Patron. Jean-Luc devises a plan to help Selina escape, but will the two of them be able to outwit the dangerous criminal?

About the Author

Karen Spafford-Fitz is the author of several novels for young people, including Unity Club, Vanish and Dog Walker in the Orca Currents series. She lives in Edmonton.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 18
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 18
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“An engaging story that combines adventure, action, and an interesting destination. Highly Recommended.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“An accessible, engaging tale of redemption.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“This accessible, fast-moving story features a unique setting and a moving story of personal redemption. Recommended for high school collections in need of hi-lo materials.”

— School Library Journal
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