Magpie Books — to be released October 2012
Not With a Bang
by Gail Sidonie Sobat
Jan is a 17 year-old kid in trouble with the law. Al is a feisty old coot. Paired together because Jan must serve community service hours at a seniors’ residence after pleading guilty to a marijuana possession offense, the two initially resent each other. Gradually, the curmudgeonly Al becomes mentor and father figure to the young delinquent. Through the old man’s guidance and the boy’s
re-framing of a series of bad dreams, Jan begins to imagine other possibilities. He learns to value compassion and decency as part of successful human relationships. Making a choice to leave behind
his unsavory past, Jan falls in love with young Jodi, with books, with ideas and writing because of Al’s influence. When the old man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jan resolves to be bodyguard
to Al. With this choice, one life ends and another begins.
Gail Sidonie Sobat is an award-winning author. Her novel, Gravity Journal, was a 2009 White Pine Honour Book, a Moonbeam Gold Award winner, and was nominated for the 2011 Stellar Award.
Gail is also the creator and coordinator of YouthWrite, camps for kids who love to write, and of SWYC (Spoken Word Youth Choir). Not With a Bang is her ninth book.