Emily For Real

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Emily For Real

By Sylvia Gunnery
Ages 12+
ISBN: 978-0-9869495-8-6
List Price: $14.95 CAD / $9.95 USD
Trim Size: 14.6 x 20.32 cm / 5.75 x 8 in.
Pages: 216
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Available in schools, libraries and fine book stores

Canadian Publication Date: April 15, 2012
U.S. Publication Date: August 15, 2012

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

Rights Available: World ex. North America

If it’s just him, I cut a clean diagonal right across the middle, letting one half fall dead on the bed and throwing the other half on top of the pile. If it’s a picture of him with me, I carefully slice him off, and for some reason I save the piece with me in it. After a while, there’s a pile of Brian corpses lying there staring at nothing, and the pages of my album are all patched up with slices and triangles and scraps of pictures of me.

In every one of these sliced-up pictures, I look stranded.

Seventeen-year-old Emily’s world crumbles when her boy friend dumps her, and when she thinks her life can’t possibly get any worse, a series of secrets are revealed that threaten to tear her beloved family apart. Emily’s heart has been broken into a hundred pieces and she feels like there is no one to turn to, until an unexpected friendship blossoms with a troubled classmate named Leo. Sometimes moody but always supportive, Leo is Emily’s rock in an ocean of confusion and disbelief.

But Leo doesn’t have an easy life either. He struggles to be both mother and father to his little sister while his mom battles her alcohol addiction. His deadbeat dad darts in and out of the picture, and Leo would rather he stay away, permanently. The two friends lean on each other, and in the end discover the inner strength to face whatever life throws at them.

With incredible insight into the teenage psyche and speckled with pitch-perfect humor, author Sylvia Gunnery has created a heart-warming coming-of-age story that explores the intricacies of family and friendship.

“…genuinely touching at its tear-inducing, hopeful end.”Kirkus Reviews

“Through it all, Gunnery gives Emily a thoughtful, introspective, and easily relatable voice.”School Library Journal

“Gunnery’s style is enjoyably terse and direct…short on words but high on impact.”Quill & Quire

“Emily’s genuine characterization keeps the situation grounded in real emotion that readers will be able to relate to.”Resource Links

“Gunnery nicely captures the way families really are, the sweet, mundane and strained interactions of everyday life…a satisfying read for teens who will root for Emily as she faces the challenges of friendship and families and growing up.”The Chronicle Herald