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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: trans youth, adventure, survival story, anxiety, growth mindset
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 17/Aug/2021
Fry Reading Level: 3.3
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Sixteen-year-old shy, socially awkward trans teen Bass reluctantly skips school and goes on a boat trip with his adventure-seeking girlfriend, Rosie. When a sudden storm smashes their boat on a rocky shore off a deserted island, Bass and Rosie struggle to make it to safety. Bruised and battling hypothermia, the pair have to seek shelter and work together to survive until they can be rescued. After a horrible night, Rosie, an experienced climber, decides to scale a steep cliff to find help. She falls and injures herself badly. Now Bass has to find the strength and courage to swim around a dangerous headland and make his way back to civilization before it’s too late.

Kirkus Reviews
“Readers looking for a fast-paced and exciting perilous romance will come away satisfied.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Recommended to readers who enjoy realistic fiction…LGBTQ+ students, especially those who identify as trans, may see themselves reflected in the characters. Recommended.”

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A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection  | 2021 | Commended

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