I'm really excited to be able to be a part of the Canary Blog Tour! The book sounds amazing and Rachele is absolutely a pleasure to interact with. I've got a little about the book, a giveaway, and an awesome guest post with Rachele's favorite quotes from Canary, for you today!
Release date: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Medallion Press
Age Group: Young Adult
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.
Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.
But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.
Rachele Alpine's Quote Picks from CANARY
I picked six quotes that I believe are really important to the book. Each quote relates to a conflict or event that impacts the main character, Kate. ~ Rachele Alpine
“Your dad will leave you when you are twelve.”
This is the first line of the book, and it sets up the expectation from the start that Kate’s father isn’t going to be there for her during the times when she needs him the most.
“We're not his family, his team is.”
I think this quote pretty much sums up Kate and her brother’s feelings about their Dad. When her mom passes away, he shuts down and throws himself into basketball. Kate feels almost as if she lost her Dad too, because to him, his team is the most important thing to him.
“The day after Mom died, I started swimming laps to survive.”
Kate swims at night as a way to cope with the loss of her mom. I love the idea of her moving underwater in the pool in the dark. There is something very cathartic about that.
“My guess is Jack and the rest of the team would be warming the bench if their actual schoolwork decided playing time.”
This quote is a reflection to the way the basketball team is treated. The school pretty much turns a blind eye to them as long as they are winning games. Kate is aware of the special privileges that they get, and while at first she enjoys some of the perks when she’s dating a player on the team, she soon starts to feel uneasy about what the team can get away with.
“There is a thin line between everything and nothing.”
This line is about two-thirds of the way through the book after Kate is sexually assaulted. She needs to decide whether she should speak out about it, and she’s very aware of what could happen if she does or doesn’t say something.
“How loud do you have to yell until they hear you.”
Kate feels like no one in her school will believe her if she tries to speak out about what happened to her. The community blinded by the basketball team. In their eyes, the boys on the team can do no wrong, and Kate wonders if anyone will listen to her.
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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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