Breaking into Sunlight

by John Cochran

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This powerful and compassionate book follows a family’s journey through the turbulence of parental addiction—and the moments of connection and healing that break through the dark days.    Reese is a seventh-grader in rural North Carolina who loves drawing, basketball, his hardworking mom, and his charming, charismatic dad. But...
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Published By Algonquin Young Readers

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 304

Publication Date 06/18/2024

ISBN 9781523527298

Dimensions 5.8 inches x 8.6 inches

"BREAKING INTO SUNLIGHT is a clear-eyed story of addiction and its terrible aftermath, but one full of sympathy, generosity, and hope. This is a book defiant in its honesty and bursting with heart, wrapped around one of the most authentic thirteen year olds I've read in years."

— Laurel Snyder, author of ORPHAN ISLAND and THE WITCH OF WOODLAND

"BREAKING INTO SUNLIGHT is a beautifully written, powerful and sensitive portrayal of addiction’s impact on a family and especially a child. Cochran has written an important book, one that captures the heartache and struggles of kids like Reese during the opioid crisis that decimated America, especially the rural communities Cochran knows so well."

— Katherine Marsh, author of THE NIGHT TOURIST and THE LOST YEAR

"This is not a cautionary tale or a sob story, but a shimmering journey, reminding us that life, in all its complexity, can be both enchanting and devastating all at once.”

— Jake Halpern, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and New York Times bestselling author of NIGHTFALL

"Cochran's debut delivers a poignant, relatable read ... an important novel for every library to have."

— School Library Journal