The Saver

SKU: 9780888998835

Edeet Ravel
Grade Levels:
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve
Multiple Nations
Book Type:
Groundwood Books Ltd.
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The Saver is a young adult novel written in the form of letters from a teen sent to an imaginary friend, Xanoth, who lives and thrives in a far-away planet. Life is rough and hard for Fern and her mother who live in an tiny apartment in Montreal. Mother is a First Nation woman whose only relative lives in Winnipeg. Fern and her mother are trying to make a life in Montreal where high school and cleaning jobs are routine. One day Fern returns home to find tragedy waits after her mother has fallen down stairs and was taken to hospital. Fern is devastated when she finds that her mother has died. Fern regrets her final words to her mother and must deal with this guilt but the teen is faced by more immediate issues. Fern makes the decision to quit high school, and find a job in order to remain out of the hands of child protection agencies. The girl returns to the house cleaning positions her mother held and takes these on as well as finding a second job in a restaurant so her food needs are satisfied. Fern manages to stay out of the sight from agencies and continues to write letters to her friend who is off in a world that presents no earthly problems such as food and shelter. Despite the grim circumstances of a First Nation girl living on the seedy side of Montreal, the author maintains a quiet hopefulness throughout the novel. Fern begins to heal from the loss of her mother, and overcomes the stress and fatigue of holding down several strenuous jobs. In the final entry of the novel Fern explains to her imaginary friend that she will probably not have much time to write in the future because her life is moving on and she has found a friend here on earth. The author does not dwell on the First Nation aspect of a single mother raising a teenage daughter in Montreal. The few references relate to an unknown relative in Winnipeg and the reference to an unknown father who had blonde hair. The compelling read portrays a determined and resourceful teen girl coming to terms with loss. Reading Level: 5.4. Book Trailer:

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