“These interconnected narratives are page-turning reads, offering adventure, intrigue, and satisfying retribution. Jace, Josie, and Raven are fiercely independent, clever, and intelligent protagonists; each has a rich backstory and an engaging narrative voice that hooks readers from the beginning. The series tackles such topics as truth and justice, integrity and honesty, and survival. It will appeal to a wide range of readers.”
“A fast-paced, high energy, and engaging novel. Readers will be immersed from the intriguing mystery posed in the first chapter, and their interest will only continue to rise as they follow Josie through the twists and turns of her search for vengeance.”
“The rough and tumble streets of east side Vancouver leap off the page…Dialogue is up to date, abrupt and minimal in nature. As the story is told in Jo’s voice, her internal dialogue reveals her fear and disgust and her attraction to Jace, while quickly drawing in the reader and jump starting the story.“
School Library Connection
“This series does not back away from divisive social issues…Those who enjoy gritty realistic fiction will find these books gripping. Recommended.”
The Retribution Series – download the teacher’s guide
Josie Smith’s life went up in smoke. Literally. Everyone and everything she ever loved burned in a fire—one set by a crooked cop. To survive, Josie’s been living under the radar as a homeless kid. For the last two years, she’s been trying to find a way to knock the cop off her hero’s pedestal and put her on the other side of the prison bars. But time’s running out. A pimp’s got his eye on Josie and if she doesn’t get off the streets soon, she’ll be the one brought down. Her salvation and the key to the cop’s undoing seems to lie in a girl urban climber and a privileged rich boy. Trust and teamwork isn’t come easily—in fact, it’s not coming at all—but if Josie can’t find a way to make the team work and find justice for her family, it won’t just burn her. It’ll scorch her.
Josie’s friend Amanda is missing. But because she’s a runaway with a history of drug use and other risky behavior, no one seems to care. Clem, the owner of the community kitchen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where Josie works in exchange for food, advises her to just leave well enough alone. Then a young man whose friend is also missing asks her for help. Josie learns that she, along with the other teens who helped her bring down the cop responsible for the death of her entire family, is becoming known on the street as a person who makes sure justice is done. When the battered bodies of homeless teens start filling the city’s morgue, Josie and Team Retribution suspect a connection to their missing friends and begin investigating. They discover an underground fight club where at-risk youth are being forced to fight and even kill each other for sport. Josie is captured and may have to enter the ring herself to save her friends.