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The Way It Is
By author: Donalda Reid
Selling Points: "discrimination, the 1960s, civil Rights, First Nations"
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: Oct/15/2010
Pages: 264
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $11.95
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To Ellen Manery, a brilliant, introverted, socially isolated fifteen-year-old, there is nothing good about the summer of 1967, especially when her parents decide to move to a small town in the interior of British Columbia. All the big ideas of the 1960s—the civil rights movement, the sexual revolution, women's rights—have not had much of an effect on this small community. Ellen has always been more interested in studying than a social life, but that begins to change when she meets Tony Paul, an eighteen-year-old who belongs to the Shuswap Indians and lives on the nearby reserve. When school starts it is Tony's friendship that gives Ellen the strength to endure the loneliness, racism, discrimination, and antifeminism she must face during her last year in high school. As Tony and Ellen's friendship turns into something deeper, they must decide if they can break free of society's rules and forge their own future.
VOYA - February 1, 2011
"The characters are interesting and their story engaging."
Resource Links - December 1, 2010
"Well-researched and well-written...This delightful book would be fun background reading for any social-science course. Plot analysis and thematic development are also strong features of this novel."
CM Magazine - November 5, 2010
"Reid shows Tony and Ellen's friendship as one of equals who respect each other. The open ending shows them stronger than when they met, able to face the changing times and pursue their dreams...Recommended."



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