Evolution of a B.C. trilogy

“Brett Grubisic’s (left) River Bend Trilogy novels are set in a fictional town on the Fraser River, based on Mission, B.C. where he grew up. Here, we learn other ways the titles are linked.” FULL STORY

Alternate school kids

September 17th, 2021

Young Creighton was abandoned by his mother at the age of five and doesn’t settle in one place until he is 14 years old because his father works with a traveling carnival, in Tanya Christenson’s debut YA novel A Soft Place to Fall (Red Deer Press $14.95). With little formal education, Creighton must go to an alternate school for kids who struggle with learning. Here, he meets Schooner who can’t read but has his own kind of wisdom and Carin who was a victim of sexual assault when she was thirteen. When the only teacher who seems to truly care about the students announces she is leaving at the end of the year, the students have to fend for themselves. How will they manage to survive in spite of all the personal disasters that challenge them? Christenson is an elementary school counselor and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (2013). She lives in Creston. 978-0889956384

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