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Break Away
Break Away

Break Away

Jessie on My Mind

Break Away series


180 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Trade Paper, $16.95 (US $16.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: May 2011

ISBN 9781926824055

Rights: WOR X CA

Baraka Books (May 2011)


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Winter, teenagers, and dreams of glory come together in this novel about the reaction of a small working-class town when the local hero decides not to join a professional hockey team. Talented Alexandre McKenzie lives on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence River, where in summer he rides the logging trails on his quad, and in winter—after school and hockey practice—he likes to head off alone to a bush camp outside town. When he meets and falls in love with an unusual girl, Jessie, who has been plagued by tragedy, his friends and neighbors criticize him for stepping outside the popular crowd. Fighting to hold his head high, Alex takes comfort in his love of nature and his sightings of a magnificent bull moose—and he knows that he does not want a future in sports.


"In this young adult novel about hockey, love and the wilderness, the translator (Casey Roberts) met the challenge of rendering the teenage narrator's lively and quirky voice in a faithful yet inventive idiom. Break Away, Jessie on My Mind is a re-creation that reads as smoothly as the original." —Literary Translators' Association

Author Biography

Sylvain Hotte is the award-winning author of the Darhan series of eight books, published in French. He lives in Quebec City.