My name is Lee Mets, and this is my book.
My summer began with an exciting event. A real-life orphan, Cassandra Jovanovich, moved in across from my house. All the best stories are about orphans, and this story is no exception.
Praise & Recognition
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!
Home Free is a brilliant story that is imaginative and cunning, with a clever storyline that twists and turns with emotion….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. I give Sharon Jennings' Home Free 5 stars.
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.
This sweet story will touch young readers – especially girls who have struggled to fit in. Older readers will be reminded of childhood friends and summers filled with possibilities.
With a Good Book blog
The story showcases many elements of writing while dealing with the difficulties of relationship and death. It is a great book to supplement the writing curriculum.
Kutztown University Book Review
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
Precocious and smart, a chatterbox, misunderstood by a lot of the adults in her life except a beloved teacher, Lee's a completely loveable character… A fun and engaging read from start to finish.
Home Free is a brilliant story that is imaginative and cunning, with a clever storyline that twists and turns with emotion.
Jennings avoid[s] sounding didactic as [she] paint[s] [the] picture of the conditions girls faced in the [...] 1960s. And [she] manage[e] to leave readers with a sense of hope and empowerment.
It’s impossible to avoid the Anne-ish-ness of this sweet, bookish tale [...] There is, however, an element of tragedy in the story that surprised me, although, in hindsight, it fits perfectly with the influence of L.M. Montgomery’s stories.
Buried in Print
Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Program 2011 - Short-listed
Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Awards 2011 - Short-listed
TD Canadian Children's Literature Award 2010 - Short-listed
Governor General’s Awards – Children’s Literature, Text 2009 - Short-listed
Sharon Jennings is the author of many children’s books, including Home Free, which is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Book Award and was nominated for the 2009 Governor General’s Awards and the 2009 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards. She lives in Toronto with her family.