Project Description


Published in Canada by Orca Books

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.



  • Nominated for OLA Red Maple Award 2016


I had plotted and dreamed about getting away from the orphanage and all its rules and isolation for forever. Most of the others dreamed about finding their “true” mothers, who would, of course, be impossibly glamorous women who had somehow misplaced their offspring. The Seven would trace and weave convoluted stories to explain away the sins of their parents. I’d weave with them some of the time, even though I knew my mother was a monster and the last person in the world I’d want to find if she was still breathing. In my dreams, she hurt me badly. Dreams or memory? Either way, I was not interested in finding her.

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