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McNicoll, Sylvia. Last chance for Paris.

McNICOLL, Sylvia. Last chance for Paris. Fitzhenry & Whiteside. 204p. c2008. 978-1-55455061-6. $11.95. J

First-time author McNicoll puts a quirky spin on the traditional fare of teen summer romance and adventure in an exotic locale. As punishment for her newly acquired strawberry tattoo, Zanna has to spend the summer with her twin brother Martin and father on the ice fields of Last Chance Pass, Alberta instead of with her mother in Paris. From the rustic cabin to the antiquated dial-up system, the stray puppy who eats her belongings, and Tyler, the park ranger's son who teases her about her city ways, Zanna's irritation mounts. When Martin goes missing, the plot becomes serious, and Zanna's fears replace her annoyance with life in the wilderness.

Zanna's anger with her summer plight, the unfairness of adult authority, and her mother's desire for independence will resonate with younger teens. Save for Martin's rescue, McNicoll sidesteps a tidy ending by leaving several plot points unresolved, including Zanna's relationships with her mother and Tyler, and the stray canine's fate. Debra Mitts-Smith, Asst. Prof., GSLIS, Dominican Univ, River Forest, IL

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Date:May 1, 2008
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