Whatever by Ann WalshWhatever by Ann Walsh


byAnn Walsh

Paperback | July 25, 2013

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Sixteen-year-old Darrah is in trouble. She lost her temper and, as a result, Mrs. Johnson, was hurt. Now her parents want her to go to something called a "Restorative Justice" circle that the RCMP suggested. Darrah has to face her parents, Mrs. Johnson, a policewoman, and a "facilitator" who all sit in a circle and decide on Darrah's "sanctions." Sanctions aren't punishments, the facilitator tells her. At first Darrah doesn't believe this-helping Mrs. Johnson two afternoons a week feels like punishment. But then Darrah realizes that she likes helping the older woman, especially when Mrs. Johnson teaches Darrah how to cook and bake (her recipes are included in the book). It turns out, however, that Mrs. Johnson is hiding a secret. . .
Ann Walsh is the author of many books for younger readers, including Your Time, My Time; Shabash! and The Barkerville Mystery Series, set during BC's gold rush. She also writes short stories, poetry and creative non-fiction pieces for adults, has compiled and edited three anthologies and is a facilitator with The Williams Lake Communit...
Title:WhateverFormat:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 7.63 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:July 25, 2013Publisher:Ronsdale PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1553802594

ISBN - 13:9781553802594


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly recommended 'Whatever' is 16-year-old, Darrah's comment about almost everything in her life. When she gets in trouble for setting off a fire alarm at the hospital and an elderly woman is injured, she's arrested and participates in a Restorative Justice session. One of the 'sanctions' is that she must help the elderly woman twice a week after school. Right from the beginning, this angry teen and the grumpy old woman hit it off. Mrs. Johnson teaches Darrah to bake biscuits and cook stew and make a proper cup of tea. Also, she has a devoted grandson who is 'Greek-god handsome' and he and Darrah soon become co-conspirators in keeping Mrs J's secrets from the rest of the family who want to move her into a rest home. The book is written in a lively manner with lots of action and dialogue as Darrah must deal with one crisis after another including her younger brother's frequent epileptic seizures. In the end, readers will be rooting for Darrah as she develops from a self-absorbed teen into a mature young woman who realizes that one must own up to one's actions and accept the consequences of them. As a bonus the book includes 11 recipes that Mrs. J shared with Darrah, that may inspire young readers with their own culinary explorations.
Date published: 2013-09-20