Seventeen-year-old Fern is having a hard time: she finds school difficult, lives in a run-down apartment in a dangerous neighborhood, and watches her mother struggle to survive on a housekeeper's meager salary. But through it all, Fern's mother refuses to give in and makes sure that Fern knows she is loved. And Fern does have outlets: she writes to an imaginary friend named Xanoth, pets her beloved cat Beauty, and imagines living a different life. But when Fern's mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, Fern finds herself ...

The Saver 2010, Groundwood Books

ISBN-13: 9780888998835

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The Saver 2008, Groundwood Books, Toronto, Canada

ISBN-13: 9780888998828

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