My new book Stranded, for ages 12 & up, published by Orca in their Soundings series for aspiring readers is out in print now!


It’s available from Orca here, or from your favourite independent or online bookstore.

Stranded is nominated for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2022 #QP2022! “Fans of teen dramas like Riverdale, Nancy Drew, and All American will gravitate towards Stranded, as it could be a story arc on one of those shows easily.”

Stranded is listed in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring 2021!

“… a nail-biting suspense story that is well-paced and satisfying from beginning to end.” Read the YA dude books review here.

“…an accessible and touching story about rising above …” Read the Young Adulting review here.

“A sensitive survivor story for reluctant readers.” Read the Kirkus review here.

“… a fast-paced thriller that will keep readers engaged from beginning to end.” CM magazine, 4**** Highly Recommended

Stranded is featured in Shool Library Journal’s “Hi-Lo & Mighty Reads: 15 engaging and ­accessible series for ­reluctant and striving readers” June 29, 2020. “These books feature fast-moving plots, authentic characters, and engaging topics written with accessibility in mind. These engaging, fast-paced books are written at a third grade reading level and depict difficult topics with sensitivity.” School Library Journal

After his girlfriend’s accidental death by overdose, Kipp has been living on the streets, overwhelmed by his grief. He wants to honor her memory and finds help to get clean, but just when he feels like he’s getting his life together, everything comes crashing down. He gets fired from his job and kicked out of his rented room on the same day. So, when Reba, a friendly woman he met at the shelter, offers him a job and a place to live, he leaps at the chance. This is his lucky break. But when a girl comes to Reba’s house looking for her missing brother, Kipp starts to wonder what Reba’s real story is and if his lucky break might actually be a nightmare.

Read an excerpt here.