Fin O'Connell was repeatedly abused by his mother's brother, Uncle Steve. He made the decision to finally end the abuse at the beginning of his seventh grade year. While sitting anxiously at home waiting for his mother to return, Fin conjured up the courage to finally reveal the abuse he suffered at the hands of his uncle. Fin's mother arrived home and before he could explain to her about the abuse, his mother revealed to him devastating news about her life--she had terminal cancer. But Fin wasn't about to give up on himself. With Fin's two best friends, Joey and Penny, by his side, they took penny hikes through the streets of Somerville, Massachusetts. Fin pushed doggedly ahead into the unknown as life kept throwing him challenges, from facing down a bully to coping with the devastating effects of his mother's terminal cancer. Can Fin find redemption during a troubled and confusing time in his life? Penny Hike is a story of hope, resolve, and digging deeper than you thought possible. It's a story about finding strength, and ultimately persevering in life, even when your soul has been murdered. Penny Hike delves into the unpredictable world of adolescence and the traumatic effects of abuse.
- Juvenile Fiction
- 12 and up