Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass

Author: Teresa Toten
ISBN: Paperback (9781459806719 ), Audiobook and Ebook (epub and PDF)
Publication: September 29, 2015

Toni has always had nightmares about fire, and she also has burn scars but no idea how she got them. So when fire destroys the orphanage she has grown up in, she is ready to make her way to Toronto, where she hopes to discover the truth about the mother she believes hurt and then abandoned her. Toronto proves to be both daunting and exciting for Toni, whose charm and innocence attract attention—not always positive—wherever she goes. Buoyed by the music she hears at the folk club where she finds a job, and encouraged by her glamorous landlady, Toni unearths shocking information that contradicts everything she believes and makes her re-evaluate what she feels for all the new people in her life.

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Excerpt

I had plotted and dreamed about getting away from the orphanage and all its rules and isolation for forever. Most of the others dreamed about finding their “true” mothers, who would, of course, be impossibly glamorous women who had somehow misplaced their offspring. The Seven would trace and weave convoluted stories to explain away the sins of their parents. I’d weave with them some of the time, even though I knew my mother was a monster and the last person in the world I’d want to find if she was still breathing. In my dreams, she hurt me badly. Dreams or memory? Either way, I was not interested in finding her.

Awards and Reviews

2017 - Red Maple Fiction, short-listed
2016 - CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens

"With their accessible themes, these short titles [in the Secrets series] are great for reluctant readers interested in the 1960s...Highly readable historical fiction." —School Library Journal, November 1, 2015

"Toten gets the reader in the gut with Shattered Glass...It's a compelling story...that is never obvious nor predictable but rather sweeping as it carries Toni and the reader along to a satisfying conclusion." —CanLit for Little Canadians blog, October 6, 2015

"Toten's strength is in the cast of characters and misadventures which her heroine encounters. Reminiscent of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Toni is engaging as the 'good girl' who is challenged to make her way in the big city." —Resource Links, October 1, 2015

"The setting is fascinating, and the dynamics of suddenly moving from a small town to a big city are well explored. Fans of romance and mystery will appreciate this book." —VOYA, October 1, 2015

"The style in which this book is written and the mixture between humor and seriousness are entertaining. The plots of the Secrets book mix together well, and the different styles of writing work together to make these individual stories connect." —VOYA, Teen Reviewer, October 1, 2015

"I loved all the secondary characters and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn't expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don't remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story." —The Spellbound Reader blog, September 30, 2015

"The story is at its best when Toni sifts through the clues to her past—uncovering the identity of her father, determining the sad truth about her mother, and finally learning details of the fire that left Toni emotionally and physically scarred...Recommended." —CM Magazine, September 4, 2015

"Toni's character was likable...and I was really invested in the story, rooting for Toni the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised with the romance, because I wasn't expecting it and it was so sweet! Then towards the end I totally broke down and cried. I don’t remember the last book that made me cry but I was so glad to finally come across a book that made me FEEL. In the end they turned to tears of joy, because ultimately it was a beautiful story." —Remember the Books blog, July 14, 2015