Debbie has lived with her new parents for a year now and for the most part her new life is great. She's got new friends, she's joined Pathfinders and she started playing wing on a local girls' ice hockey team. But having a new family isn't as great as Debbie had thought. Although she gets along great with her dad, she and her mom are struggling to find common ground. When Debbie begins to think her hockey coach would make a better mother, things get complicated.
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"No Contact is the story of 12-year-old Debbie Lowell one year after she is adopted. The story is set in Maple Ridge where Debbie is in grade seven, on a girls' ice hockey team and a member of a Pathfinder unit. Sandra Diersch realistically portrays the difficulties that a 12-year-old girl might encounter in a new family, particularly when the mother and daughter don't appear to share many common interests. Debbie is certain that she and her new mother are not a good match. As the story develops, Debbie discovers that her friends share similar thoughts about their mothers. The story has a comfortable progression, the message is relevant to girls and their mothers, and the references to Guiding are accurate and insightful."
Reviewed by Linda Hodgkin for Canadian Guilder magazine.
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2008: James Lorimer and Co. Ltd.