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4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  161 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
An opportunity to escape a dull summer -- and perhaps to find a future for herself after high school - persuades Rainey Williamson to join a school-sponsored program that will take her and five other teenagers on an eight-week road trip across Canada. The challenge of this journey is heightened, in view of the fact that Rainey has had to wear an artificial leg from birth. ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 18th 2009 by Red Deer Press
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Jan 25, 2014 Sara rated it it was ok
I only got about 1/6 through before I couldn't take it any more. I'm now remembering that this book was a donation from a teen trying to get rid of books. It's too bad because the premise is pretty cool: Canadian(**) teen girl with a prosthetic leg(***) goes on an outdoor adventure with the potential for both romance and for discovering a secret from her family's past. I love outdoor adventure, stories with secrets, and haven't read many book set in Canada(****) and I thought it would be ...more
Dec 20, 2010 Wisteriouswoman rated it really liked it
The protagonist is a regular teenage girl except for the fact that she has to wear artificial leg. The story follows her journey across Canada with a group of other teens on an eight week school sponsored adventure trip. The book explores the various hidden issues that each teen is struggling with and how that affects their ability to function as a group. Rainey is spunky and the reader can applaud the fact that she doesn’t let her ‘disability’ get in the way of living life fully. Teenage girls ...more
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As one of six Toronto-area teens selected for an eight week long study/camping trip, Rainey is both eager and filled with anxiety. She knows that this trip is more than just a summer-long outdoor adventure. For one thing, she is hoping that she will make some decisions about finding a practical career that will please her father – even though all she really wants to do is draw and paint and maybe go to art college. There is another major decision to make. The final stop on their tour will bring ...more
Why I picked it up: It was on the YALSA challenge list and sounded like my kind of book.

Rainey is seventeen. She lived most of her life in a small town with her single dad, Greg, but when he married obstetrician Lynda a year ago, they moved into Lynda's house in Toronto. Rainey didn't like moving away from her friends, but will be spending the summer before her senior year on a cross-Canada educational trip with 5 other students from other Toronto high schools. The day before she leaves, Greg te
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Sep 01, 2009 Anna Motteler rated it it was amazing
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An opportunity to escape a dull summer -- and perhaps to find a future for herself after high school - persuades Rainey Williamson to join a school-sponsored program that will take her and five other teenagers on an eight-week road trip across Canada. The challenge of this journey is heightened, in view of the fact that Rainey has had to wear an artificial leg from birth. On the eve of her getaway, a crucial complication arises: she finds out that the mother who left when she was just a few ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Emmaj rated it really liked it
I read this as part if the YALSA 2012 Book Challenge and, honestly, it was a second choice. It should have been my first. I was going to read Leverage which has Gritty Realism. Did you know that Gritty Realism is a euphemism for lots of swearing and lovingly described violence? Me neither.
This book also has gritty realism by which I mean that it is about normal, everyday people with everyday problems that you can relate to.
Rainey, our heroine, is about to go off on an eight-week, cross-Canada tr
Yuai Kozuchi
Nov 26, 2015 Yuai Kozuchi rated it liked it
Based on all the books I have read, this is one of the books more on the adult side because it contains mature content. It is a fun book to read because the main as well as the minor characters are dynamic characters who of which changes throughout the story. Not only that but since the setting takes place on a trip around Canada, it is a chance to learn about some of the places and historical figures of Canada. On the dull side, personally, I find it hard to adapt to each chapter because of the ...more
I was wary to read this book at first. But it would have been a mistake not too. I absolutely adored it!

When Carlos was the first to be thought of often from Rainey, I had a guess that she had a crush on him. Then Alain got involved. I suspected a battle of the boys to win Rainey over, but it didn't happen. I liked what happened. Without really rushing things (except for the I-love-yous), Rainey and Alain really connected. Of course jealously had to e an issue at some point, but that made it be
Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I'm always a fan of seeing a main character in a book with a disability, especially when it isn't a book "about" the disability. So I liked how Rainey's artificial leg is a part of this YA novel, but not really the entire plot. Rainey is Canadian and takes off on a student trip across the country to learn more about the culture, history, and nature. Along the way, she's trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She loves to draw, but should she major in something "more realistic" ...more
Dec 12, 2011 Sandy rated it liked it
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Rainey was born with only one leg, but she has a prosthesis that lets her be very active. She applies and is accepted into a program hiking and camping across Canada during the summer before her senior year of high school. The small Westex group learns wilderness survival, has adventures with bears, rafting, canoeing, etc. Rainey and the group bond and support each other, and Rainey also learns to accept her stepmother, and some of the choices her birth mother made. Long book, but there's lots ...more
Apr 02, 2010 Karie rated it really liked it
Shelves: mature-themes
First of all, there is some language in this book. Be warned. On to the good stuff: This book was recommended to me by someone looking at the same shelf I was looking at in the library. Waldorf has a compelling voice and the story is very interesting and twisty. I liked the main character a lot, especially because she wasn't full of neuroses (that might stem from other reading I've been doing lately). So I recommend it with caution.
Ianna Zarkowski
Oct 04, 2012 Ianna Zarkowski rated it it was amazing
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This book was funny, and heart throbbing. I loved it so much. The characters were funny and the plot was definitely well thought out. There wasn't a ton of run ons, which made it a great quick read for me. I loved the main character Rainy she was funny and isn't afraid to be who she wants. She's loud and outgoing and even tho she has an artificial leg, she doesn't let that get in the way of what she does. She also brings a lot of humor in the book.
Aug 28, 2013 Robin rated it really liked it
I read this book a while ago, but I remember it was a heartwarming novel about a spunky girl on this survival type trip with a few other students around her age. The whole premise of the book was that this girl had a prosthetic leg; however, I loved how she was kind of like "whatever" about it and was still super confident. I enjoyed the characters and the romance within the novel. It kept my interest!
Jun 30, 2011 Tracie rated it liked it
Seven young people come together for a trip across Canada during summer break. The trip will earn them 3 high school credits, but more than that, secrets will be revealed, love will blossom and life threatening danger will bring rewards and heartache. These teens were great characters. For mature readers.
Mar 17, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I really loved this book-solid, entertaining, thoughtful realistic fiction, with some interesting things that make the story really stand out-Canadian history, a prosthetic leg, and a good road trip.
Jamie Henry
Dec 04, 2014 Jamie Henry rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-before-2015
This book was absolutely amazing. I was speechless when I was finished reading it, simply because of the fact that the author is an amazing writer and knows how to write about the problems this girl faced.
Hanna Miller
Jan 07, 2016 Hanna Miller rated it really liked it
It was a great book and it was really empowering to read about a woman who overcame so many struggles and learned how to cope and live with her disability and life her life to the fullest without letting it hinder her.
Mar 06, 2013 Claire rated it it was amazing
Saying life is a bumpy ride for Rainey is a total understatement. She gets through life though just like anyone else does: by tripping. Rainey story of her struggles is one everyone can relate to and learn from.
Mar 16, 2013 Holly rated it liked it
Looking for a different story then the ones I usually read (end of world or fantasy) its for sure there. This is a real story like the characters were more real and the events could take place. I liked the change. It was a good story with a nice ending.
Sarah Wright
Jun 07, 2012 Sarah Wright rated it really liked it
Coming of age story about a girl with a prosthetic leg taking a trip across Canada. Interesting, fun, intense in parts- I really liked it.
Mar 11, 2016 Alicia rated it really liked it
I really started off liking this book. The characters are really vivid and great characterization. I kinda was disappointed by the last 20 pages
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Feb 17, 2010 Thorn MotherIssues rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2010
Teen reading challenge. So Canadian! Lots of tangential stuff about crisis pregnancies in ways that work out to be pretty interesting.
Nov 12, 2012 Jessie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canada
A friend recommended this gem to me an I am so glad she did! This is a fantastic novel that I wish more people knew about. I'd read it again in a heartbeat.
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Heather Waldorf was born in Ottawa and raised in small-town Eastern Ontario. She now lives in Toronto with Moose, a twelve-year-old golden retriever. Heather is addicted to green tea, jigsaw puzzles, mystery novels and the TV show Bones. Also a lover of the great outdoors, she's never written a novel that doesn't, at some point, put the main character in a canoe.

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