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Mud Girl

by Alison Acheson

Mud Girl
The life of Abi Jones, the Mud Girl, might be the last thing any teenager would choose. But it s her life, and Abi has to find out whether she s got the courage and intelligence to live it well.

Aba Zytka Jones (Abi) doesn t expect to get anything from anybody. Her dad's stuck in his chair and her mom's taken off, but she's going to work out what to do on her own. At least that s what she thinks.

Sixteen, almost seventeen, Abi Jones hasn't got cool clothes, friends, or, since last year, a mother. What she has is a lot of questions. And a need to make a life of her own. Abi lives with her dad in an odd little house by the Fraser River. Over it, actually. It's this location that gives her the nickname "Mud Girl." Sometimes the water flowing under part of the house makes her think they'll both be swept away some day.

The summer before her last year of high school, Abi s solitary life begins to change. A woman she calls Ernestine - because she's so earnest - becomes her Big Sister. The cute guy from the paint shop, Jude, starts to take an interest. And a girl called Amanda offers Abi a summer job cleaning houses, work Abi enjoys more than she could have imagined.

Jude and his two-year-old son, Dyl, present some urgent new questions and Abi has to find the answers fast - what Jude wants from her; how she feels about it; and what Dyl might need from her too. The life of Abi Jones, the Mud Girl, might be the last thing any teenager would choose. But it's her life, and Abi has to find out whether she s got the courage and intelligence to live it well.

DETAILS

ISBN
9781550503548
eISBN
9781550504736
Size
5" x 7" 330 pages
Ages:
13+
Price
12.95 CDN; 10.95 USD
E-Book Price
CDN; USD
Categories
Teen Novel Tradepaper 13+
Author
Alison Acheson
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About the Author

Alison Acheson has published two teen novels, Molly's Cue and Mud Girl, which was a finalist for CLA's Book of the Year. She's also released a YA novel, The Half-Pipe Kidd and the juvie chapter book Thunder Ice, a finalist for the Geoffrey Bilson Award, and the Manitoba and Red Cedar (BC) young readers choice awards. She has also published a picture book, Grandpa's Music - A Story About Alzheimer's.

Alison Acheson has taught in the creative writing program at the University of British Columbia, and continues to teach and write in the town of Ladner, BC, where she lives with her spouse and three sons.

http://alisonacheson.com

Awards

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008 Title, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Finalist, Young Adult Book Award, Canadian Library Association
Shortlisted, Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, YA category

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