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250 Hours

by Colleen Nelson

250 Hours

A riveting bi-racial story about family love, loss, and standing up for what you believe in.

Jess and Sara Jean couldn't be more different. He's a loner with a criminal record; a Metis raised on the Reserve; the son of a residential school survivor. His time, when not spent with his mother and grandmother, is spent lighting fires to help him deal with the feelings he has over his father's abandonment. She's from nearby Edelburg, a small, conservative town. Abandoned by her mother, Sara Jean cares for her obese grandmother and writes to escape. She has been accepted to the University of Manitoba, but her obligation to her grandmother leaves her wondering what her future will hold: a life in Edelburg with her boyfriend and grandmother, or an adventure in a big city where she can escape her past and pursue her passion for writing.

When Jess is found guilty of arson after lighting an abandoned building on fire, he's ordered to complete 250 hours of community service. His first assignment? Cleaning out Sara Jean's neglected garage. Sorting through boxes left by her grandfather, they discover that the secrets keeping their communities apart are the very things that may well bring them together.


5.5" x 8.5" 160 pages
12.95 CDN; 12.95 USD
E-Book Price
Teen Novel Tradepaper 12+
Colleen Nelson
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About the Author

Colleen Nelson is the author of two other young adult novels, Tori by Design, winner of the 2012 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award, and The Fall, winner of the 2014 McNally Robinson Book of the Year for Young People Award, selected as a CCBC "Best Book for Teens" and nominated for the OLA's 2014 White Pine Award.

Colleen has lived in Japan and New York City but currently calls Winnipeg home.

You will find Colleen's blog at http://colleennelson.blogspot.com.



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