Get lost in a great book this summer! Lost on Brier Island by Jo Ann Yhard is the perfect novel to whisk you away.
Fourteen-year-old Alex's life is in ruins. Her family ripped apart by unspeakable tragedy, she is stuck on Brier Island for the summer with her aunt. At first, Alex is desperate to escape this place where everyone's business is public knowledge and there is too much time to think. But the island begins to work its magic, with its quirky characters, rugged landscape, and whale-filled ocean, and Alex forms a special bond with an adventurous baby whale she names Daredevil.
Through her attachment to Daredevil and the beauty of Brier Island, Alex slowly begins the long journey towards healing. But everything changes when Alex is suddenly thrown into a life-or-death struggle. Can she find the courage and the strength to save Daredevil and herself?
Moving, funny and honest, this is a powerful story of losing loved ones and finding yourself, set against the stunning backdrop of Brier Island.
Lost on Brier Island released by Nimbus Publishing in May, is the first YA novel from Canadian author Jo Ann Yhard following the success of her best-selling middle-grade novel The Fossil Hunter of Sydney Mines. Based in Nova Scotia, Jo Ann has drawn from her beautiful surroundings and love of the Maritimes to create a story that unfolds in a perfectly painted backdrop.
Check out these fantastic reviews of Lost on Brier Island:
'From the richly-drawn characters and psychologically realistic behaviours to the well-defined setting and plot, Lost on Brier Island will reward readers looking for a contemporary novel that deals with emotionally difficult issues in a thoughtful and realistic way.' YA Bookshelf
'Lost on Brier Island builds to a suspenseful ending that is imperfect yet somehow just right. You'll know what I mean when you're finished. This book will appeal equally to the young and not-so-young adult reader, in which the kids are treated as multi-dimensional, real people. Please read it soon.' Alison DeLory Blog
'In Lost on Brier Island, Jo Ann Yhard skillfully tackles sensitive subjects and delivers an intriguing and uplifting story with important messages about self-identity and acceptance.' Atlantic Books Today
Book Signing Events:
Here are a couple of diary dates for those of you in Nova Scotia this month!
July 3rd - Jo Ann will be signing copies of Lost on Brier Island where it all takes place, on Brier Island, at the Ice House Gift Shop from 2-4pm. A great way to spend the last of your Canada Day weekend.
July 23rd - Jo Ann will be signing her books at Coles Bookstore in Sydney, Nova Scotia from 12-1.30pm.