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Beth Goobie grew up in a family in which the appearance of a normal childhood hid many secrets. She moved away to attend university, became a youth residential treatment worker and studied creative writing at the University of Alberta. She is the award-winning author of over twenty novels, including The Pain Eater, The Lottery, the CLA Award-winning Before Wings, and the adult novel The First Principles of Dreaming. Beth makes her home in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Gr 8 Up-Fifteen-year-old Adrien barely survived a brain aneurysm two years earlier, and is haunted by the fact that she could die from another one at any time. In fact, issues of life and death completely fill her world at Camp Lakeshore, owned and operated by her Aunt Erin, a woman with a haunted past of her own. Adrien bonds with Paul, a teen who is convinced that he has dreamt of his own death and that it will happen on his next birthday. She also seems to be experiencing events in the lives of five girls, a group of campers who died long ago in a tragic accident. Anyone who ever spent time at a summer camp will recognize Camp Lakeshore, with its bad T-shirts, cliques, bullies, and time-honored rituals. Adrien is a sympathetic and believable character: intelligent, stubborn, funny, filled with confusion and doubt, but ultimately open to the possibility that she just might have a future after all. This could have been a terribly bleak and depressing book, but it isn't. Its engaging characters, realistic setting, and upbeat ending will satisfy teen readers.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Full of magic realism and beautifully written."--Booklist
"Richly sensuous descriptions evoke alternating shivers of fear and excitement...will leave readers breathless!"--VOYA
"Powerful, sensual, thought-provoking and most of all, refreshingly original. Read it and let your imagination fly free."--Rambles
"Assured and flexible. She masters both edgy, abbreviated repartee of teenagers and a lyrical prose style for describing mystical experience."--Quill & Quire
"Offers remarkable insight and raw, true emotion for readers who find themselves grappling with more than the usual load of teen troubles." "The book can rightfully be called inspirational."--Children's Book News
"The aura of mystery and romance is aptly melded to the heady joys and secrets of summer camp."--Horn Book Magazine
"This book is good. Very, very good. Buy it, read it, recommend it. As a general rule, I make very sparing use of the 'Excellent' rating, however, Goobie's latest young adult offering deserves no less."--Resource Links
"Beth Goobie unites her intense poetic ability with a fascinating plot that compels the reader to love, hate, and relate to each of the characters as they grow and change."--The Bloomsbury Review
"Besides a good read, there is much to explore in this novel."--The Alan Review
"Engaging characters, realistic setting, and upbeat ending will satisfy teen readers."--School Library Journal
"This is a dark but gripping story, with a lot going on to draw in readers."--KLIATT
"Masterfully written and a great read."--CM Magazine
"Goobie uses poetic language and well-realized characterization in this gripping story to recreate the intensity with which a teen lives life and...comes to terms with the possibility of death."--CITY Parent

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