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Breaking Point
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Breaking Point
Cameron has been in trouble with the law more than once for breaking and entering. After his latest conviction, he's sent to an outdoors program for young offenders rather than a standard juvenile detention facility. There he meets Brianna, a girl who has been caught selling drugs at her school. They bond quickly, and she convinces Cameron to steal two sea kayaks and head off with her into the wilderness of bays and coves of Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. It's a fearless but ill-timed escape as a hurricane is about to pound the coast. They must use all their courage and newfound survival skills if they are going to make it back to shore alive. And Cameron suspects that Brianna may not be telling him the truth about her real plans.
Cameron has been in trouble with the law more than once for breaking and entering. After his latest conviction, he's sent to an outdoors program for young offenders rather than a standard juvenile detention facility. There he meets Brianna, a girl who has been caught selling drugs at her school. They bond quickly, and she convinces Cameron to steal two sea kayaks and head off with her into the wilderness of bays and coves of Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore. It's a fearless but ill-timed escape as a hurricane is about to pound the coast. They must use all their courage and newfound survival skills if they are going to make it back to shore alive. And Cameron suspects that Brianna may not be telling him the truth about her real plans.
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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3


About the Author-
  • Lesley Choyce, who has been teaching English and creative writing for over thirty years, is the author of more than ninety books of literary fiction, short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction and young adult novels. He has won the Dartmouth Book Award, the Atlantic Poetry Prize and the Ann Connor Brimer Award. He has also been short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, the White Pine Award, the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association and, most recently, the Governor General's Literary Award. He lives in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia.
Reviews-
  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2012

    Gr 7 Up-These novels are aimed at reluctant and struggling male readers. Breaking Point centers on Cameron, who is sent to a camplike juvenile detention center after he is caught breaking and entering. There he meets troubled Brianna, and, under her influence, they formulate a plan to escape the Nova Scotia facility via kayak to the mainland, in spite of an approaching hurricane. They are not prepared for the storm's surge and Cameron is left to fend for himself after Brianna deserts him. In One Way, Kenzie is riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street. As he is distracted by an altercation with a driver, he ends up crashing into his ex-girlfriend, Stassi, who appears to be brain-damaged after the collision. Detectives investigate the accident after a classmate claims that Kenzie intended to harm her. The teen decides to take matters into his own hands to figure out who is out to get him. The abrupt and seemingly random endings are reminiscent of a CSI episode, where plot twists come out of nowhere. Readers might be left confused as a result. Additionally, the theme of taking responsibility for one's actions becomes muddied because of the unexpected endings. That said, these hi/lo novels do focus on adventure and betrayal, which may be enough for teenage boys.-Lindsay Klemas, JM Rapport School for Career Development, Bronx, NY

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • The Horn Book

    July 1, 2012
    After getting busted for (most recently) breaking and entering, Cameron is sent to a camp for troubled youth in the wilderness of Nova Scotia. As Cameron begins to make progress, seductive Brianna persuades him to steal kayaks and paddle for freedom with her--just as a hurricane approaches. This slim, fast-paced story never really delves beneath its superficial surface.

    (Copyright 2012 by The Horn Book, Incorporated, Boston. All rights reserved.)

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