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The Way Back Home

  • ISBN 9781443148399, Paperback
  • ISBN 9781443148382, Hardcover
  • 280 Pages | Ages 12 to 18

A coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of one family’s secrets — now in paperback!

Zoe’s straitlaced and narrow-minded parents don’t understand her. Worse than that, they also want to put Zoe’s beloved Granny in a seniors home, despite Zoe’s objections. Sure, Granny has become a bit odd and her memory is spotty, but she’s outspoken and funny, and Zoe loves her. Granny still mourns her favourite son, Teddy, who was also a troublemaker, and who died before Zoe was born.

Or did he?

After a series of disastrous incidents, including a school suspension and a near-death bullying experience, Zoe decides to liberate herself and her grandmother from their respective prisons, taking them on an unforgettable journey to Toronto, where Zoe learns the truth about her uncle and discovers strengths of her own that just might help her find a way back home.

From internationally award-winning novelist Allan Stratton comes a moving story of unresolved family conflicts and a young girl’s awakening to the things that matter most.

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  • Winner, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2019
  • Short-listed, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, 2018
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2018
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award for Young People's Literature - Text, 2017
  • Nominated, Carnegie Medal, UK, 2018
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2017
  • Commended, Resource Links, Best of the Year, 2017