Publication Date: September 12, 2023
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Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up
When their first night working together at the local small-town pizza place doesn’t turn out how they had expected, teenagers Berlin and Cameron, who are Métis and Cree, respectively, and Jessie, who is white, have to confront the traumas, barriers, and losses they are each facing. Award-winning author Jen Ferguson's (Métis/Michif) second novel!
In her remarkable second novel following her acclaimed debut, The Summer of Bitter and Sweet, Jen Ferguson writes about the hurt of a life stuck in past tense, the hum of connections that cannot be severed, and one week in a small, snowy town that changes everything. Overachievement isn’t a bad word—for Berlin, it’s the goal. She’s securing excellent grades, planning her future, and working a part-time job at Pink Mountain Pizza, a legendary local business. Who says she needs a best friend by her side?Dropping out of high school wasn’t smart—but it was necessary for Cameron. Since his cousin Kiki’s disappearance, it’s hard enough to find the funny side of life, especially when the whole town has forgotten Kiki. To them, she’s just another missing Native girl.People at school label Jessie a tease, a rich girl—and honestly, she’s both. But Jessie knows she contains multitudes. Maybe her new job crafting pizzas will give her the high-energy outlet she desperately wants.When the weekend at Pink Mountain Pizza takes unexpected turns, all three teens will have to acknowledge the various ways they’ve been hurt—and how much they need each other to hold it all together. This book will be much anticipated, as Jen Ferguson's first novel was a Morris Award finalist and winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award in Young People's Literature and has been named a best book of the year by the Horn Book, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Chicago Public Library. It received six starred reviews.
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