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Hrdlitschka, Shelley, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, [1998]

Physical Description:
160 pages ; 19 cm
Reading Level:
580 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 6.0 29553.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.1 11 Quiz: 19641 Guided reading level: NR.
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In this exciting coming of age story, the lives of two boys, separated by several hundred miles, begin to converge and they learn valuable lessons about life and the connections carried from birth. Far inland, Tanner is concerned and frightened by a repeated dream of the sea, increasingly severe headaches and the rage that is beginning to control him. When a hockey trip to the coast presents itself, Tanner believes he will have a chance to solve the mystery of the dream and hopefully find some measure of peace. Meanwhile, Alex is stuck in a small coastal community, with a father he can barely stand and a burning desire to get out, even if that means leaving behind the one person he truly cares for. When he does make it to the big city Alex finds that his problems have only just begun. Faced with a difficult decision, he makes the wrong choice and the situation progresses rapidly from bad to worse.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. Consistent with her title and theme, Hrdlitschka presents two seemingly unrelated stories that alternately weave through each chapter. Fourteen-year-old Tanner, who has never been to the ocean, is haunted by a recurring dream of struggling to swim away from an undersea attacker. Alex, on the other hand, lives in a small coastal community until his father's violent abuse forces him to run away. Hungry and homeless, Alex unwittingly becomes involved in a drug deal in the very town where Tanner has arrived to play in a hockey tournament. Some intriguing mix-ups and new revelations concerning Tanner's dream and Alex's home life eventually connect the two boys--and, finally, their disparate stories. Instead of working to convey a strong theme, Hrdlitschka simply presents believable characters in a well-paced, solidly told story that readers should find tremendously appealing. --Roger Leslie

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-9For years, Tanner has had a recurring dream of swimming in the ocean, although he has never seen the ocean and cannot swim. The fall that he is 14, he begins having the dream more regularly, but it is becoming nightmarish. At the same time, Alex, who lives in a small coastal town, is biding his time until he can save enough money to run away from his abusive, alcoholic father. In December, Tanner goes to Vancouver with his hockey team; there, he hopes to see the ocean and put to rest his obsession with it. Meanwhile, Alex runs away to Vancouver but finds that life there is not easy. When Alexs girlfriend meets Tanner at the hockey game, it is only a matter of time until the two boys meet and find out that they are twins who were separated at birth. The book gets off to a slow start as the author sets the stage for the action, but then the pace picks up. Telepathy and telekinesis are used to explore the sense of disconnectedness that adolescents feel and the wish for a deeper connection with someone at any level. The combination of eerie dreams, a little romance, and ice hockey results in a good mix with reader appeal.Lynn W. Zimmerman, Southeast Middle School, Greensboro, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



The rhythm of the motion lulled him. The water felt warm and comforting, like he was wrapped in protective arms. But he had to press on. Had to get away. Had to fight the urge to let the water pull him down. Excerpted from Disconnected by Shelley Hrdlitschka All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.