Andre Fenton

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ISBN: 9781771088923


  Author:   Andre Fenton    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

Annaka has always hated her first name. That’s why, when her mother packed her up at age seven and moved from Yarmouth to Halifax, she decided she would go by Anna. Now Anna is back in Yarmouth after the death of her beloved Grampy, and sorting through memories from her younger self. She discovers a journal Grampy gifted her years ago; it is filled with snapshots of a happy childhood: sketches of Nan braiding Anna’s hair on the porch, stories about road trips Anna and Grampy took in his antique truck, and memories of her best-kept secret, who also happened to be her best friend.

When she finds out her childhood imaginary friend, Clay, is not only real but waiting for her to return to Yarmouth, Anna also discovers that Clay can transport her into those journal entries. Maybe physically reliving memories can help with her Nan’s Alzheimer’s. Maybe Anna will finally piece together who her absent father is. Maybe she will discover the identity of the mysterious “other Annaka” scribbled in her Grampy’s handwriting.

With more questions than answers, Anna learns the danger of dwelling in the past—especially when it forces her to confront some uncomfortable truths. If there’s one thing this bittersweet homecoming has forced her to do, it’s reconcile who she was with who she is becoming. It turns out that’s hard to do when you have changed a lot, but the place that raised you remains unchanged.

From the celebrated spoken-word poet and author of Worthy of Love comes a YA novel about family, identity, and reclaiming the past.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771088923
Item NB1430
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published on June 16 2020
Language eng
Pages 288
Format Paperback
Dimensions8(in) x 5.25(in)
Shipping weight328(g)
Andre Fenton is an award-winning author, spoken-word artist, and filmmaker who has represented Halifax at seven national poetry slams across Canada. He is currently on the board of directors of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member at large on the board of Spoken Word Canada. He has two previous books: a collection of poetry, Ode to Teen Angst, and a YA novel, Worthy of Love. He is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Quick Quotes

"Annaka is both specific and universal—a novel about loss, discovering yourself, and growing up. The magical realism Clay and his journal add to the mix will keep readers intrigued as they try to unravel the mysteries of Annaka's family along side her." —Quill & Quire (Toronto, ON)