The Kayak by Debbie SpringThe Kayak by Debbie Spring

The Kayak

byDebbie Spring

Paperback | March 11, 2010

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An accident leaves a teen in a wheelchair and her only freedom comes with kayaking. Meeting a wind surfer who she has saved triggers feelings of wanting to belong and be accepted, and her life begins to change as she starts to look at herself not just as a victim in a wheelchair.

Debbie Spring is a Thornhill, Ontario writer. Her previous full length publication, Breathing Soccer, was nominated for a Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award. Her short story "The Kayak" was the seed for this novel and was included in the anthology, Takes (Thistledown Press).
Title:The KayakFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.5 × 5.3 × 0.5 inPublished:March 11, 2010Publisher:Thistledown PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1897235712

ISBN - 13:9781897235713

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read!!! The story is fantastic. Lots of twists and turns. A very strong heroine. I'd for sure recommend it to all the tween girls out there. Pick this one up.
Date published: 2010-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Teacher's Thoughts If I could recommend only one book for pre-teen girls, it would be The Kayak. Step aside Gossip Girl - there's a new heroine in the literary world. Teresa is the kind of girl I wanted to become: independent, creative, thoughtful and funny. Teresa is paralyzed from the waist down, but this girl is no victim. She rescues - both physically and emotionally - many of the secondary characters in this novel. The plot is a romantic coming-of-age story, dealing with many of the issues faced by pre-adolescent girls today. Teresa's conflicted feelings are clearly expressed through Spring's skillful prose. Foreshadowing for the plot twists is expertly handled; under Spring's pen, the love triangle story becomes fresh and fun. Emotions run high, but Teresa's self-respect keeps physical contact limited to kisses. The setting is as compelling as the plot and characters. Spring's love for the Georgian Bay area shows clearly through every stroke of Teresa's paddle. Kayak adventures, swimming in the lake, nighttime campfires and horseback riding anchor this book in the idyllic world of summer vacation. I look forward to recommending this book to all my students. Ultimately, this book leaves a reader entertained and intrigued. Its thought-provoking treatment of handicapped people will stay with readers even after the last page is turned. The Kayak will not disappoint.
Date published: 2010-04-12