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Juvenile/Tween Fiction (Ages 9-12/12-15)

This realistic, gripping novel of tween fiction, explores the dangers of online predators through fictional diary entries.

Maxine and Leah used to have so much fun chatting with boys online. Their other friends were jealous of their new relationships, and their parents were oblivious to all the love notes being emailed back and forth. So what if Max and Leah lied about their ages and where they lived ... it was just a website ... just for fun. But when Leah disappeared, Max realized that they weren't the only ones telling lies online. Now Max must help the police find her friend and catch an internet predator ... a predator who had come dangerously close to Max. Through her daily journal entries, Max shares the horrible feeling of betrayal, the crushing loss of Leah, and the struggle to move on.

Praise for Dear Jo

  • Through the eyes of Maxine, we learn what it's like to be naive, trusting and brave when you grow up in the world of technology.
    Alison Turnbull, Vice Principal, Huntsville High School (Ontario)
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Awards and Recognitions

  • Winner of the 2003 Muskoka Novel Marathon
  • Voted Best of the Year 2007 by Resource Links
  • Long-listed for the Canadian Library Association Children's Book of the Year Award 2007
  • Voted one of the Ontario Library Associations Best Bets for 2007
  • Winner of the 2009 Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award
  • Starred selection in the Canadian Children's Book Centre's annual issue of Best Books for Kids and Teens 2008 (under Young Adult fiction)
  • Winner of the 2009 Snow Willow Award (Saskatchewan)
  • Nominated for the 2010 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award
  • Winner of the 2009/2010 Red Cedar Award for fiction (British Columbia)