cover image Falling Out of Place

Falling Out of Place

M.G. Higgins. Saddleback, $9.95 trade paper (196p) ISBN 978-1-62250-021-5

In this addition to the Gravel Road series, aimed at teenage readers but written at an elementary-school reading level, sharp-tongued basketball star Gabby Herrera clashes with her parents, best friend, and boyfriend. Forced to quit the basketball team because of her bad grades, 17-year-old Gabby gets involved with some heavy-partying co-workers, and she must face her troubles head-on after things spiral out of control. Gabby’s direct voice and relatable concerns will resonate with readers in this quick and compelling read. The sentences may be stripped down, but they paint a full picture of Gabby’s interior life and her desperate search for acceptance and validation. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)