Smoke and Mirrors

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Dundurn, 2004 - Juvenile Fiction - 200 pages

Sixteen-year-old Simon has always been considered odd. Three years ago, a skateboarding accident caused some minor brain damage and made him a little stranger. His career-driven parents mostly leave him alone, and he spends much of his time living in his imagination. When Andrea, whom no one else can see, appears to Simon in class, he is fascinated by her and strikes up a friendship, even though he knows she may be pure hallucination - he's had imaginary friends before. Andrea says she is there to "help" him, but before the story ends, Simon discovers that it is he who needs to help Andrea, not the other way around.

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Pretty amazing book, i would say. Just the ending is kinda vague (you know, Andrea and Ozzie). Still, I enjoyed it.

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
12
Section 3
20
Section 4
29
Section 5
40
Section 6
54
Section 7
69
Section 8
77
Section 10
99
Section 11
140
Section 12
152
Section 13
162
Section 14
185
Section 15
195
Section 16
212
Copyright

Section 9
89

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About the author (2004)

Lesley Choyce is one of Canada's most prolific authors. A resident of East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, he has published more than 50 works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. His previous young adult fiction includes Shoulder the Sky, which was shortlisted for 2004 White Pine Award. Smoke and Mirrors was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association 2005 Young Adult Canadian Book Award.