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Dundurn Winter 2017 Kids & Teen

If This Is Home
By (author): Kristine Scarrow



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Interest age, years 12 - 15, Reading age, years 12 - 15
Jan 28, 2017
$12.99 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.5 in | 140 gr

Page Count:

200 pages
Dundurn Press
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Family / Parents
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Families and family members|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Death and bereavement
Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards — Snow Willow Award 2019, Short-listed
  • Short Description
Jayce Loewen is used to taking care of herself and her little sister while their mom works two jobs to support them. But when her mother gets cancer, Jayce decides she can’t go it alone, and sets out to find her long-absent father — but when she actually finds him, it might just have made things worse. Can she figure out who her real family is?
When her mom is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jayce searches for her estranged father, hoping he can fix everything.

Jayce Loewen has had to take on a lot of responsibility over the years. Her single mom works two jobs and long hours, leaving Jayce in charge of her four-year-old sister most of the time. When her mom is diagnosed with cancer, Jayce decides to track down her long-absent father in the hope that he will be able to make everything okay again.

Looking for her dad was one thing, but when she actually finds him, Jayce is in for a real shock. When everything in her life seems to be going wrong, Jayce has to figure out who her family really is, and how to live with the possibility of losing the person she loves most.

  • Deals with complex issues of modern family life, including blended families, single parenthood, financial stress, extended support networks, and illness
  • Shows how, with hope and resilience, good things can come out of bad situations
  • A portrait of the changing definition of family and how there is no “right” model of family
  • Author is a social worker involved in foster care and a therapist certified in the use of writing as a healing tool
  • Author's previous book, Throwaway Girl, was well reviewed in Quill & Quire, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Materials, and Resource Links

Kristine Scarrow has worked with the Saskatchewan Foster Families Association and now teaches writing and journaling as a healing art. She is the author of Throwaway Girl, which the Winnipeg Free Press called a “darkly realistic” story of the failings of the foster child system. Kristine lives in Saskatoon.

Consumer ads: Canadian Children’s Book News, Best Books for Kids & Teens
Library wholesaler ads: Library Services Centre, Whitehots, United Library Service, Library Bound, Baker & Taylor, Ingram Advance
Trade ads: School Library Journal, Booklist, Quill & Quire, Kirkus
Online ads: NetGalley, Goodreads, Instagram
Books for Everybody submission


Trade shows, school and library conferences: ALA, OLA
Launch event, Saskatoon

Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Dundurn.com campaigns
Goodreads giveaway
Digital Reader Copies available: NetGalley, Edelweiss
Free downloadable Teacher’s Resource Guide

Targeted media and blogger review mailings
Advance Reading Copies available, enhanced quantity
Key Influencer mailing
Niche marketing to associations and interest groups

EPUB series price promotion and bundle

Book hashtag: #IfThisisHome
Author Website: www.kristinescarrow.com

A great read that tackles head-on the difficult and sensitive topics of cancer, family, teenage pregnancy, poverty, adolescence, friendship, and forgiveness. - Canadian Materials

A beautiful and realistic novel. - VOYA

If This is Home carries with it a visceral hurt that gives the story a feeling of urgency…it will appeal to younger teens who like their stories with a bit of hardship to dig their teeth into. - Quill and Quire

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