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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Medallion Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605425877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605425870
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a captivating tale that addresses a lot of contemporary issues in a sensitive and thought-provoking way." —Nicki J. Markus, author, Day-Walker and Time Keepers


"A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. Canary is a testament to the power of the hard-won truths." —Daisy Whitney, author, The Mockingbirds and When You Were Here


"Rachele Alpine's Canary sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains." —Erin Jade Lange, author, Butter


"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, Canary is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions." —Jennifer Brown, author, Hate List


"Alpine's Canary is a deeply-felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking." —Colleen Clayton, author, What Happens Next


"I also admire how the subtexts of family, of privilege and how it is exploited, of bullying, and the sexual vulnerability of many girls are presented. . . . It is a powerful story that evokes intense emotions. . . . Grab a copy of Canary."  —Jhobell Kristyl, Book Maven

“Sometimes I feel like I need a lot of words to describe a story and convince people to read it. This time I’m not going to. Canary is so much better than that. I need not convince you anymore.” —Open Book Society

About the Author

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson.  One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read.  Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit.  By day she's a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world's cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches.  Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, fake mustaches, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn't last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she's a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she's a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world's cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

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The Writing The story was very well written.
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The author did a wonderful job developing the characters, and covering current issues that teens deal with today.
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What matters is how you fix what you've done or how you reacted that makes you a good person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Cushing on July 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
*** First I will state that I received this book in exchange for an honest review.****

Seriously good book. It is a serious real life situation, that happens more than anyone wants to admit, that was made into a great story that I read in like 5 hours. I have to say, I could not put this book down. I started it and HAD to finish it.

OK, so it is a story about Kate, whose life changes drastically when her dad lands a job at the elite private school, Beacon Prep, as the head coach of one of the top basketball teams in the state. The Beacon Prep basketball team rules the school, and can do no wrong, if you know what I mean. They are worshiped like gods at the school and treated as such by students and faculty alike. There are also definitely issues with Kate's family because they are still all trying to cope and deal with the loss of their mother a year or two before from cancer and the family really kind of deteriorates into a "shell" or "ghost" of a family. The book is written in blog form by Kate, with consistent, regular entries and with bits of poetry in between. She posts about her experiences of dating one of the hottest, most popular basketball players on the team upon switching schools when her father takes over the Head Coaching position. It is about how her life dramatically changes when she moves to this new elite school, where she is able to become this new, cool, popular kid, and chronicles those life changing experiences as they unfold. She suddenly becomes friends with the "cool" kids and feels her true self slipping away, eventually realizing she has become a shell of the person she once was...... especially after a life changing event, towards the end, that sends her life spiraling out of control.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca M. Hoyt on July 19, 2013
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FULL DISCLOSURE - I know the author, having had the pleasure of working with her. Also, I did not receive an advance copy, Amazon sent the book WAY early... Not that I'm complaining.

Alpine's characters are imperfect... and that's the point. Kate longs for someone to replace the love she has lost by the death of her mother and her emotionally absent father, to the point that she makes very poor decisions when choosing friends at her new school. Her environment challenges her, and at first she chooses to ignore her conscience. Watching Kate develop - as a character and as a young woman - reminds me of the difficulties many of my students experienced. Alpine does not judge Kate; she creates a multidimensional character who learns how to make adult choices through (unfortunately) realistic consequences, and allows the reader to make their own decisions.

I've shared the book with several others, including my parents, who were shocked by some of the content. This is not a book for the fainthearted or innocent. But it is real. I'm glad I stepped outside of my typical genres to read Canary, and look forward to Alpine's future releases.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PandaLover on August 17, 2013
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I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book and the whole unique plot ( typically most story's that deal with a high school are always the same story line being that its focus is the paranormal). However, I feel that at some level this book does share similarities with another novel called Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson because that novel is about a girl who is raped and then she is ostracized by her peers.

I had 40% battery life left in my kindle fire and read this straight through the day( finished it in a few hours). I loved the whole story line and was really sad about Kate's mom having passed away and I knew that it would be a bad idea for Kate to become involved with the popular crowd ( aka the basketball players). There is almost an unspoken rule that once you become involved with a popular person than if someone goes wrong that person walks away unharmed and the consequences fall on your head.

By the way everyone that plays basketball at Beacon Prep is considered to be treated like Gods and can get away with anything ( lie, cheat etc.). So with Kate's dad being the basketball coach she gets treated like royalty ( aka everyone will try to get nice with her to fulfill their own purposes of hooking up with the other teammates). Kate's brother Brett wasn't like Kate and didn't try to blend in with all of the popular kids ( as a result everyone makes fun of him). He abhorred his new school and constantly got into fights against their dad because he didn't like how their dad no longer really cared about them. I won't tell you what he chooses to do but I really wasn't surprised of the path he chose ( hint hint military recruiters at school).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Credoroza on August 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Canary is one of those stories where you already know what the plot is exactly going to be, what is going to happen to the characters and how your own emotions are going to be tugged at with the subject matter.

Rachele Alpine does not disappoint. Told through a mix of first person narrative and blog posts in the form of prose and poetry, it worked very well in telling you the story. A writing style giving a deeper insight in to the character's mind set. I was instantly engaged in the first chapter.

The story starts with giving you a pretty broad view of the emotional neglect Kate and her brother Brett are subjected to after the death of their mother. Their father is very detached to his children. His only happiness and goal is his job, a school basketball coach. The family's interaction are via "post it" notes. Kate seems to have no issue with it until her father leaves a note to meet at a restaurant to "talk". This is where you get a birds eye view of how selfish their father really is in that he only thinks of himself and his needs. It was a necessary scene the author offered in order to help understand why Kate's father reacted and behaved the way he did after the "incident".

Kate looked at the big school change her father insisted upon as a fresh start. Brett, not so much. I loved the relationship between Kate and her brother. It really helped anchor the story. Their father made me livid. His behavior was unexceptionable and this was a man truly in need of an intervention. To sacrifice your own children for your own needs is just wrong and made much of their interactions very frustrating.

This was difficult subject matter told in a very believable way. Kate is a kid and her actions are that of a kid.
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