Rabbit Ears by Maggie de Vries

Rabbit Ears

byMaggie de Vries

Paperback | March 18, 2014

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A brave and unflinching look at one vulnerable young woman living on the streets of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Kaya is adopted, multiracial, grieving the death of her father—and carrying a painful secret. Feeling ill at ease with her family and in her own skin, she runs away repeatedly, gradually disappearing into a life of addiction and sex work. Meanwhile, her sister, Beth, escapes her own troubles with food and a rediscovered talent for magic tricks. Though both girls struggle through darkness and pain, they eventually find their way to a moment of illumination and healing.

This powerful YA novel is rooted in the tragic life of the author’s sister, Sarah, a victim of serial killer Robert Pickton and the subject of Maggie de Vries’s Governor General’s Literary Award–nominated memoir for adults, Missing Sarah. Sarah’s tragic experiences inspired the character Kaya, as well as an adult sex worker she meets on the streets. Vancouver’s missing women form a chilling backdrop for the story.

About The Author

MAGGIE DEVRIES’s latest novel,Hunger Journeys, won the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was called “historical fiction at its best” by CM Magazine. She has written eight other works for young readers, as well as one book for adults,Missing Sarah. A former children’s book editor and writer-in-residence for the Vancouver P...
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Title:Rabbit EarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:March 18, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416622

ISBN - 13:9781443416627

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"De Vries has done a masterful job of creating a believable world peopled with characters whose loyalties are agonizingly divided between family, friends and nation." -QUILL & QUIRE

"One of de Vries's themes for the teen reader is that trying times bring out the best and the worst in people. Her protagonist is a dynamic model of courage during great difficulty." -VANCOUVER SUN