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The Hemingway Tradition

by Kristin Butcher

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suicide, art, parents
list price: $9.95
also available: eBook
published: 2002
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 100
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100
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Shaw Sebring is sixteen and trying desperately to understand and accept his father's recent suicide. Moving with his mother halfway across the county in an effort to distance themselves from the awful truth, Shaw lands in a new school and finds that the ghost of his father, a best-selling author, has followed him. Determined that he will not follow in his father's footsteps Shaw tries to chart his own course, until circumstances force him to accept that where--and who--we come from have an impact on what we become.

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We had the top down on our old Le Baron and the sun was beating from a sky that was nothing but blue. It was my mom's turn to drive, so I was stretched out in the passenger seat, watching Saskatchewan slide by, thinking there must be a couple dozen different ways for a guy to kill himself.

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Editorial Reviews

“The clear theme of the pain of prejudice for the victims, be it on the basis of race or sexual orientation, will appeal to today’s activist teens. It’s interesting to note that these themes could not have been addressed so directly only a few short years ago. Highly Recommended.”

— CM Magazine

"Pick it up - you'll be glad that you did!"

— Resource Links

"This book portrays true, if sometimes raw, emotions... Students who are forced to confront loss and grieving will find comfort in the fact that they are not alone."

— School Library Journal

"This novel is an exceptionally good choice for both male and female reluctant readers. Highly recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual
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About the Author

Kristin Butcher

Educator turned writer KRISTIN BUTCHER has published fourteen books for children and young adults. Her Streetlights novel Zach & Zoe and the Bank Robber was nominated for the Diamond Willow Award and the Red Cedar Award. Her second book in the series, Zach & Zoe: Bully and the Beagle, was a Chocolate Lily Award Nominee. Kristin Butcher lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.
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