Out of Focus

by Margaret Buffie

Kids Can Press | September 1, 2006 | Trade Paperback

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In this novel by Margaret Buffie, 16-year-old Bernice Dodd feels lucky. Her mother''s inheriting Black Spruce Lodge means no more roach-infested apartments or bullies in the hallways. No more avoiding the landlord or sneaking away in the middle of the night because the rent is overdue. But some things will probably never change. Bernie will still have to take care of her younger siblings. Her mother will keep disappearing on drinking binges and find yet another creep of a boyfriend. And Bernie''s anger toward her mother will continue to grow. Could Black Spruce Lodge be the family''s last chance to get their lives in focus? Will Bernie find some perspective -- on her emotions, on Jack, the boy next door, and on Tony, the goodlooking novelist across the lake? One thing is very clear, though: rage doesn''t let go without a fight.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.87 × 5.12 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155337956X

ISBN - 13: 9781553379560

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Out of Focus

by Margaret Buffie

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 240 pages, 7.87 × 5.12 × 0.39 in

Published: September 1, 2006

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 155337956X

ISBN - 13: 9781553379560

About the Book

In this novel by Margaret Buffie, a family struggles to get back on their feet at an inherited lodge in cottage country, while 16-year-old Bernice learns to get a handle on her rage.

From the Publisher

In this novel by Margaret Buffie, 16-year-old Bernice Dodd feels lucky. Her mother''s inheriting Black Spruce Lodge means no more roach-infested apartments or bullies in the hallways. No more avoiding the landlord or sneaking away in the middle of the night because the rent is overdue. But some things will probably never change. Bernie will still have to take care of her younger siblings. Her mother will keep disappearing on drinking binges and find yet another creep of a boyfriend. And Bernie''s anger toward her mother will continue to grow. Could Black Spruce Lodge be the family''s last chance to get their lives in focus? Will Bernie find some perspective -- on her emotions, on Jack, the boy next door, and on Tony, the goodlooking novelist across the lake? One thing is very clear, though: rage doesn''t let go without a fight.

About the Author

Margaret Buffie is an award-winning author of young adult books. Her books include The Watcher and Angels Turn Their Backs. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Editorial Reviews

A new book from (Buffie) always promises a good read ? and (Out of Focus) does not disappoint ? Buffie's maturity as a writer is evidenced as she describes (character's) conflicting feelings of rage and hope, betrayal and trust.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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