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. Volume XII Number 4 . . . .October 14, 2005
Trying to fit in is certainly no "walk in the park" for 14-year-old Terra who has moved from Ottawa to Calgary and must deal with fitting in at a new school. She misses her old friends and is having trouble finding new ones. At first, she gets mixed up with the wrong crowd—kids who shoplift, smoke and do drugs. She really isn't comfortable with these activities, but she is desperate to make friends. When one of these new friends overdoses, Terra is there to help her, and the two girls realize who their true friends are. Both girls are welcomed into a group of boys and girls that were first introduced in Casselman's previous novel, A Hole in the Hedge. Terra, who was adopted at birth, is also contemplating meeting her birth mother for the first time. Terra is resistant at first, but she eventually decides to meet with her and discovers some answers to questions she's always had.
Told partly in diary format, this novel deals with a lot of different issues and carries a good message about being true to oneself. This story can be read on its own and does not require readers to have previously encountered A Hole in the Hedge.
Carole Reeve is the Assistant Branch Head at the Osborne Public Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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