The Break

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The Break

Nelsa Roberto

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ABBY LAMBERT’S PLANS  to ski with friends over spring break are ruined when her surgeon mother and stepfather announce they have to leave the country on an emergency medical mission. Instead of partying with her friends, Abby must stay home and look after her increasingly confused grandmother.

At the nursing home where Nonna likes to play bingo, Abby runs into her notoriously aloof classmate Kyle who volunteers there. Despite his arrogance and mysterious past she finds herself drawn to him. Maybe staying home for Spring Break won’t be so bad-except for Nonna’s weird behaviour, which seems to be escalating. Abby manages things pretty well … until one terrifying and desperate night, when life as she knows it changes forever.

From the author of Illegally Blonde comes another heart-warming story of family relationships, regret, and redemption. The Break will stay with you long after you’ve read it―like the love between Abby and her Nonna.


“Recommended”CM Magazine

“This is a realistic novel with a dash of romance that teens will find appealing.”  – Helen Norrie, The Winnipeg Free Press

“Roberto is to be commended for creating a novel that demonstrates the intelligence and foibles of young adults as they learn lessons that are universal for all.”  Amazon.ca customer review

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About the Author

Nelsa Roberto

Nelsa Roberto was born in a remote logging community in northern Ontario, grew up in a farming community in southern Ontario, and now lives in Toronto with her husband, three children, and a Golden Retriever.