240 pages, 7.87 × 5.12 × 0.39 in
September 1, 2006
Kids Can Press
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.
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.