How far will you go when your last chance at freedom is taken away?
Tia, a nineteen-year-old black Canadian university student, is spending the summer working at a special ranch designed to “scare straight” at-risk youth. She tries to bond with Sage, a street kid who has been given one last chance to get her life together. But Sage resists Tia’s overtures and when money goes missing, all fingers point to the troubled teen. At Risk combines a satisfying mystery plot with a sympathetic portrayal of teens grappling with dark pasts and uncertain futures.
At Risk was featured in Best in the West magazine!
At Risk is Jacqueline’s eleventh book, published in 2004.
Canadian Children’s Book Center – Our Choice Award
“At Risk is an insightful glimpse into the dark world of street teens. The emphasis on positive rehabilitation makes it a worthwhile read for both teens and parents. A well written page-turner, highly recommended.”,
Constable G.P. Tourond, RCMP, Retired
“This thoughtful and enjoyable story has the pleasant surprise of reversed racial stereotypes. Tia, the counselor, is black whereas Sage, her client, is white. The Canadian Rockies provide a refreshing change from the harsher terrain of inner cities. The novel would be a good choice for discussion.”