Home Free

Home Free


By Sharon Jennings


My name is Lee Mets (honest), and this is my book. I'm part of the writing club, which is fantastic, since what I want to be most is to be a writer. My mother says that girls don't grow up to be writers, they can only be nurses or teachers. But it"s the 1960s, not the 50s or 40s, and I think she may be wrong. Mrs. Gowdy, who is my writing teacher, says that I have a gift. I’m going to use it to tell you the story of my summer. It was a summer that was both wonderful and terribly sad. The sad part is still painful for me to write about, but I will because that’s what writers do. My summer began with the most exciting thing that ever happened on our street. A real-life orphan, by the name of Cassandra Jovanovich, moved in right across from my house. All the best stories are about orphans, and because of Cassandra, this story is no exception. Because of her, I got to write a play, and she starred in it. Because of her, I now know that being an orphan is not exciting, in fact it is the opposite. But you’ll have to read my story to find out why.

A Gutsy Girl Book

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About the Author

Sharon Jennings is the author of over 60 children’s books, including Home Free, which was a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award, the Governor General’s Award, the Silver Birch, and the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. She lives in Toronto with her family.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 1, 2009

  • $8.95 Paperback

  • 154 Pages

  • 5.25 x 7.5

  • Juvenile Fiction

  • Ages 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Guided Reading: V

  • ISBN: 9781897187555


  • Character Education
    > Friendship & Family
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Characters

  • Language Arts
    > Historical Fiction


Awards for Home Free

  • 2011 Silver Birch Fiction Award Finalist

  • 2011 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards (MYRCA) Finalist

  • 2010 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award Finalist

  • 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards Finalist

  • 2009 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature (Text) Finalist

Praise for Home Free

"A brilliant story that is imaginative and cunning, with a clever storyline that twists and turns with emotion... Home Free is a thoroughly enjoyable book that had no bland or starchy parts that make you yawn, but instead a rollercoaster of a book that is filled with emotion." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Lee’s story will resonate with many young girls today. She shares her story in such an honest way that it’s easy to feel a rapport with her right from the start. The little thrill I would feel when reading a Judy Blume book returned when I read Home Free." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Subtle, wise, and energetic; an honest picture of childhood perceptions." - Quill & Quire

"An excellent exploration of the meaning of friendship." - Canadian Teacher Magazine

"The brand new “Gutsy Girls” series from Canadian publisher Second Story Press promises to be lively, funny, engaging and original. Judging by the debut novel Home Free it will truly live up to that expectation!" - The Midwest Book Review