Bonnie from Alberta recommends Running Toward Home by Betty Jane Hegerat.
Name of publisher: NeWest Press
About the book:
Corey is a twelve-year-old foster kid on his bi-annual visit to the Calgary Zoo with his mother, Tina. Torn between her son and her jailbird boyfriend, Tina ends up leaving Corey at the Zoo—overnight. There, he fights his fever and his memories while deciding what to do. Wilma and Ben, Corey’s foster parents, want to give him a second chance, but Corey’s new social worker seems bent on sending Corey into a group home. When Wilma and Ben find out that Corey is missing, they must find him before social services.
How did you find out about the book?
Attended Betty Jane’s workshop at the 2009 ICWF WorDshop in Calgary
What did you like about it?
The way each character had their own unique voice. The chapters flipped between the characters, giving different perspectives and insights into the story, and each character was very real. The reader is completely inside the character’s head.
Who do you think would most benefit from reading this book?
Anyone interested in the foster system or currently involved in the foster system.
Where can others find it?
Any other comments?
This is one of the best books I’ve read lately. Betty Jane’s way with words are amazing. Talk about being fresh and unique and not using clichés—she’s mastered that.
Thanks for your recommendation, Bonnie. It sounds very interesting the way the point of view changed between characters.
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