August 30, 2018

Unity Club & Push Back: Double book launch (Edmonton, AB)

Join author
Karen Spafford-Fitz

for the launch of two new hi-lo books 
for middle grade and young adults:

Unity Club
Written by Karen Spafford-Fitz
Orca Book Publishers
131 pp.
Ages 10-14
August 2018

Brett is president of her school's Unity Club. When a new group home for at-risk youth opens in the neighborhood, Brett becomes friends with Jude, one of the boys who lives at the home.

After a series of acts of vandalism, the community starts demanding that the group home be shut down. Brett doesn't believe that Jude, or any of the other teens, is responsible, but when an elderly woman is seriously injured, Brett begins to have doubts. 
Retrieved from Orca website at


Push Back
Written by Karen Spafford-Fitz
184 pp.
Ages 13-18
September 2018

Sixteen-year-old Zaine Wyatt has a lot to be angry about. His mother walked out of his life when he was 12, and he was kicked out of his Aunt Sarah's place by his uncle. After living on the streets and getting badly beaten up, he is back at Aunt Sarah's, but Zaine is still angry, afraid, and uncertain that he has a permanent place to live. When his mother breaks yet another promise to take him back, he flees to an empty art studio he has taken refuge in before. But now it is just a storage shed, and he vents his rage by trashing the place and injures the new owner as he flees.

Facing charges and a possible criminal record, Zaine agrees to participate in a restorative-justice program to keep from being kicked out again by his aunt. Zaine works to fix the damage he has caused and helps the owner's disabled grandson Lucas get to and from school, but his attempts to stay on the right side of the law are challenged by a group of teens who want to recruit him into a gang. Can Zaine complete the restorative-justice program and prove himself worthy of a home, whether with his mother or not?

Both books 

are set to launch on

Sunday, September 16, 2018


 2 p.m.


Audrey's Books
107092 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, AB

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