Ronalda Page has lead an idyllic life, growing up surrounded by nature at her family's mountain lodge, the Raven's. When her father is killed in an accident, Ronnie's mother is forced to sell the lodge to Louis Moss, a friend of the family, who Ronnie comes to blame when her world falls apart. One tragic night, the lodge burns to the ground with Moss inside, and Ronnie is the only suspect. The dramatic court case unfolds, with some portraying Ronnie as a monster who killed her family's care-taker, and others seeing her as a minor whose rights were violated by detectives. Ronnie herself is unsure of her complete guilt or innocence, in this riveting novel in which everyone has something to hide.
- Paperback | 333 pages
- 146 x 213 x 20mm | 399g
- 31 Oct 2007
- Lobster Press
- United States
"[Cowan] evokes the isolation and beauty of the Coast Mountains, the rhythms of small-town like, and the events and mood of the late 1960s and early '70s to creat a rich story about a mysterious and violent incident and an unlikely criminal."
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Ronalda Page, aka Ronnie, has had the perfect childhood. She lives at a mountain resort on the west coast of Canada. She has a loving mom, a beautiful older sister, and a doting father. She loves her life. Then, after her thirteenth summer, tragedy strikes and her father is taken from them. In order to survive, they must sell the resort to Louis Moss, an old family friend who Ronnie doesn\'t trust. They then move to a small town near them and try to adjust to the loss of their father and husband. Ronnie\'s mother becomes an alcoholic, and her sister takes up with Louis. Ronnie feels alone and not wanted. She is malnourished and ignored. Then, on a fateful night, Louis Moss is killed and Ronnie is framed by the local police for the murder and is tried as an adult. The treatment of Ronnie by the police is brutal and is the most interesting part of the story. I felt that Ronnie simply reacted to the events of her life and never fought. Even when she goes on trial, she just lets things happen to her. She never lets authorities know what a hell she is living in and never trusts anyone to help her. During part of the story she is set up by a girl that she doesn\'t really like to let a boy make out with her and thinks that this is wrong but doesn\'t stop him. I mean, she is told to go behind the gym after school and she does, even though she knows what will happen. She doesn\'t like that her mother is not there, but she doesn\'t even try to make life livable. I had a hard time thinking that she didn\'t know how to cook when she was adept at living on her own in the mountains. Even with these problems, though, it is a story which will make you think and be thankful for the wonderful legal system we have now.show moreby TeensReadToo