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Karen Rivers

Biography

Karen Rivers

Karen Rivers writes rich and funny novels for middle-grade readers, young adults, and the occasional grown-up. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her two children and a noxious-smelling dog

Karen Rivers

Books by Karen Rivers

by Karen Rivers - Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Young Adult 13+

Twelve-year-old Natalia loves possibilities: the possibility that she’ll see whales on the beach near her new home, that the boy she just met will be her new best friend, that the photographers chasing her actor father won’t force Nat and her dad to move again. Most of all, Nat dreams of the possibility that her mother misses and loves Nat. The thing is, Nat doesn’t even know who her mother is. She left Nat as a baby, and Nat’s dad refuses to talk about it. Nat knows she shouldn’t need a mom, but she still feels like something is missing.

by Karen Rivers - Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Young Adult 13+

Piper and Sloane are best friends. They grew up together, dress alike and never do anything without each other. That is, until Piper caught Sloane kissing Piper’s boyfriend, Soup --- and the next day, Piper is found dead, washed ashore on a beach. As Sloane and Soup relive their deep, sometimes painful histories with Piper and face a future without her, they are racked by questions: Who is to blame for Piper’s death? How do you make amends for hurting someone you love if that person is no longer around? And how can you ever move on and love again?

by Karen Rivers - Friendship, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

J.C., who goes by the nickname Sharky, has been having a hard time ever since his best friend died in front of him. He spends countless hours holed up in his room, obsessively watching documentaries about sharks and climate change --- and texting his dead friend. Hoping a change of location will help, Sharky’s mom sends him to visit his dad on a remote island in Canada. There, Sharky meets a girl who just may show him how to live --- and love --- again.