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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 176
Themes: parental loss, peer pressure
Publisher: Sumach Press
Pub Date: 01/09/2008
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Sixteen-year-old July MacKenzie can hardly recognize her own life anymore. A few months ago, she was enjoying her urban lifestyle in Vancouver, going to school, hanging out with the same old friends she’d had for years. Now, when she steps out her back door, the only evidence of human existence she sees is an empty road, stretching off in the distance to...nowhere. It all happened so fast! Her mom was killed in a hit and run accident, and before she knew it Marie, her other parent, had sold the house, packed up and moved them out into the Interior. How could she leave everything behind like that? July could never make new friends. She’d never get used to the dark nights of the countryside. And she’d never, ever, stop missing her birth mom as long as she lived!

CM Magazine - December 19, 2008
"Young adults will be caught up in the roller coaster of emotions and events which make up this most readable novel."
KLIATT - November 1, 2008
"The storytelling is sure and readers will appreciate the building suspense."
Resource Links - October 1, 2008
"[Hart] uses a unique narrative style...This novel would definitely appeal to older female teenage readers who enjoy supernatural mysteries and novels which explore various kinds of family relationships."
What If? Magazine - October 1, 2008
"A story unlike anything that I have ever read...a flavour of constant danger and suspense [in this] gothic tale of the paranormal, mixed with the hardships faced in the daily lives of teens."
The Midwest Book Review/Children's Bookwatch - August 1, 2008
"Her world turns weird and her dreams get weirder, in this riveting your adult novel. Watching July is highly recommended for community library young adult fiction collections."

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Moonbeam Award Gold  | 2008 | Winner
Sunburst Award honorable mention  | 2009 | Long-listed

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