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  • Short-listed, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award, 2019
  • Short-listed, OLA Red Maple Award, Fiction, 2018
  • Short-listed, Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, 2018
  • Short-listed, Governor General's Award, Young People's Literature - Text, 2017
  • Nominated, Carnegie Medal, UK, 2018
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2017

The Way Back Home Canadian Title

By Allan Stratton   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443148382 Hardcover
280 Pages | Ages 12 & Up

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443148405 Ebook
280 Pages | Ages 12 & Up


She's angry and lonely, and her only true friend is her granny, whose Alzheimer's is worsening.

When her parents put Granny in a home, Zoe decides now is the time to break free. She smuggles Granny out and together they hit the road on a trip to find Zoe's long-lost uncle.

But there will be some home truths along the way. . .

From award-winning storyteller Allan Stratton comes a moving story of unresolved family conflicts, and a young girl’s awakening to the things that matter most.

Raves & reviews:

"Beautiful, heartbreaking, yet wonderfully funny." — SUSIN NEILSEN

"Raw, funny, brutal and profoundly humane. It broke my heart and then healed it again." — SUSAN JUBY

"Terrific. I read it in one big gulp." — GARY D. SCHMIDT