The Way Back from Broken

By Amber J. Keyser

A unique, heartfelt, and gorgeously written story of the power of wilderness to heal.

Rakmen Cannon's life is turning out to be one sucker punch after another. His baby sister died in his arms, his parents are on the verge of divorce, and he's flunking out of high school. The only place he fits in is with the other art therapy kids stuck in the basement of Promise House, otherwise known as support group central. Not that he wants to be there. Talking doesn't bring back the dead. When he's shipped off to the Canadian wilderness with ten-year-old Jacey, another member of the support group, and her mom, his summer goes from bad to worse. He can't imagine how eight weeks of canoeing and camping could be anything but awful. Yet despite his expectations, the vast and unforgiving backcountry just might give Rakmen a chance to find the way back from broken . . . if he's brave enough to grab it. Amber J. Keyser's debut novel is a wrenching and brutally honest story of adversity and hope.

  • Broadly appealing story of triumph over physical and emotional obstacles.
  • Millions of young readers have experienced what Rakmen goes through in this book, but stillbirth and infant mortality are rarely discussed publicly, and are almost never mentioned in books
  • Strong, accessible prose appealing to the broadest range of YA readers.

About the author

Amber J. Keyser trained as an evolutionary biologist and cares deeply about the intersection of art and science. Her recent non-fiction titles include Sneaker Century: A History of Athletic Shoes and The V-Word, an acclaimed anthology of personal essays by women about first time sexual experiences. Her young adult novels include Pointe, Claw, an explosive novel about two girls claiming the territory over their own bodies, and The Way Back From Broken, a heart-wrenching novel of loss and survival, which is a finalist for the oregon Book Award. She is also the co-author, with Kiersi Burkhart, of the middle grade Quartz Creek Ranch series. For more information, visit

ISBN: 9781541514881
Imprint: Carolrhoda Lab – Lerner Publishing Group
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: April 1, 2018
Dimensions: 152 x 229mm, 216pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

Last updated on 27/10/19 at 22:10:01
Copyright © 2007 Walker Books Australia. All rights reserved.