Friday, 25 September 2015

Shattered Glass by @TTotenAuthor @Orcabook

Shattered Glass
Teresa Toten
Orca Books

I received the ARC (advanced reading copy) of Teresa Toten's latest novel to review.  This novel is part of the seven author collaboration series called the Secrets.
The protagonist Toni is an orphan and discovers the truth about her biological family at the age of 16 after she has left the protection of an orphanage in a small town Hope.  The setting is 1964 Yorkville, Toronto. 
I enjoyed the way that Teresa writes an adventurous story of a naive girl with a sense of humour and with great sensitivity.  Her description of her last moment with her mom is very emotional. (Yes I cried)
I enjoyed the pace of the novel and the way that Toni creates her new family when she is invited into a circle of eclectic friends.
This book would make an interesting read aloud as students would see the equity issues Toni faces and rich discussion about society then and now could be encouraged as readers gain some background into life in the 1960's.

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