One More Step by Sheree Fitch
(Orca Soundings)

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Fourteen-year-old Julian's parents separated when he was a baby and he is still angry and hurt. His mother has had relationships since -- all of which have ended disastrously -- but this time it seems serious. Jean-Paul looks like he might be the real thing. Julian is wary and critical as he comes to terms with the fact that he and his brother may have to let down their defences and allow their mother to find happiness. On a road trip with his mother and her new beau, Julian finds that love and happiness come in many guises. In the end, he realizes that it is not blood that determines true family, but the willingness to stand together.

About Sheree Fitch

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Sheree Fitch was born in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a poet, lecturer and storyteller. Her first book Toes in My Nose was published in 1987. In1995 she was the featured children's writer at the International Writer's Festival in Vancouver, BC. Fitch has received numerous literary awards and prizes including: N.B. Writer's Federation President's Award for first prize for an unpublished collection of adult poetry 1988 (later to become basis for In this House Are Many Women); Atlantic Bookseller's Choice Award for Sleeping Dragons All Around, 1990; Mr. Christie's Children's Book Award for There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen, 1993; Canadian Authors Association Mariana Dempster Award for contribution to Children's Literature, 1995; Anne Connor Brimer Award for Mabel Murple, 1996; Nova Scotia Arts Council Grant, 1997; Silver Birch Award (Ontario's children's choice) and the Hackamatack Award (Atlantic children's choice) awards for If You Could Wear My Sneakers, 2000; Queen's Medal; Vicky Metcalf Award for body of work in children's literature 2000; Winner of the Saskatchewan Snow Willow Award and CBC Young Canada Reads for The Gravesavers. She is Honorary Spokesperson for the New Brunswick Coalition for Literacy and for the IWK Read to Me program in Nova Scotia.
Published October 1, 2002 by Orca Book Publishers. 96 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction