Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lost on Brier Island by Jo Ann Yhard

Each branch has a Young Adult collection. It is somewhere that readers who enjoy books that explore a range of emotional subjects and circumstances enjoy browsing.

In the book Lost on Brier Island by Jo Ann Yhard, fourteen year old Alex is going through a very difficult time following a horrible family accident. Everyone in her family is hurting and her parents think that a summer on tiny Brier Island, Nova Scotia, with her aunt will help her to heal. She’s not so sure. At first she resists any interest and concern Islanders show her, but gradually the island begins to work its magic, with quirky characters, sea swept landscapes, and amazing sea creatures.

I noticed this book on a holiday in Nova Scotia this summer. We had spent a day on Brier Island and really loved the sea mists, the quiet town, and the rugged coastline. There indeed was a beauty and magic about the island which rang true when I read this book. This is a powerful story about a teenager who has lost loved ones and found a way to heal with the help of others.

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