The 11th Hour

Overview

Annika Dietty thinks her future is with Dylan Sopick — until they run away together.

One day, after weeks of secret planning, seventeen-year-old Annika Dietty leaves home at dawn to run away with her boyfriend, the charming and popular Dylan Sopick. She tried telling her friends and family how amazing Dylan is, but seeing as they all seem set against the relationship, she’s decided their only chance is to run away together.

But not everything goes according to plan, and Dylan seems to be having more and more trouble dealing with every obstacle they encounter. At first Annika is sympathetic, knowing that he’s had a harder life than she has, but very soon Dylan’s behaviour becomes unsettling, and Annika realizes that her safety is at stake. She finally admits to herself that Dylan needs support that she can’t provide. She wants to get him help — if she’ll get the chance.

Awards

Commended
Dewey Divas and the Dudes Winter 2018 Pick
2017

Reviews

The 11th Hour takes readers on an emotional rollercoaster from the opening page. The book is fluid and fast-paced as it cuts to the heart of what it means to be in love and yet to be lost. Told from alternating perspectives, the novel deepens our understanding of how terror slips like a thief into our ordinary lives. This riveting and dramatic read shows how we grapple with passion, freedom, fear and terrible, devastating choices.

Alice Kuipers, author of Me (and) Me and Life on the Refrigerator Door

A gripping page-turner. The 11th Hour plummets readers into a crucible of teen love, angst and attitude, untreated mental illness, and the misguided faith that love will conquer all. This challenging novel builds layer upon layer, ever increasing the stakes right up to its shattering end.

Alison Lohans, award-winning author of No Place for Kids and Picturing Alyssa

Paints a realistic picture of a person suffering from untreated mental illness … [A] suspenseful, realistic, and relatable read.

Canadian Materials

This novel presents important issues through effective and suspenseful narrative choices.

Resource Links

A tremendous, eloquently written cautionary tale … heartbreaking and thought-provoking.

Memoirs of a Bookwyrm

An honest and unflinching look at what it might be like to date someone suffering from untreated mental illness.

Booklist

Scarrow’s novel captures the intensity of first love, and heightens that intensity by adding the impact of mental illness.

Canadian Children’s Book News (Canada), review, Summer 2018 issue

About the Author

Kristine Scarrow

Posted by KathrynB on December 6, 2014
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Kristine Scarrow

Kristine Scarrow is the author of If This Is Home and Throwaway Girl. She is currently the writer-in-residence at Saskatoon's St. Paul’s Hospital as part of the Healing Arts Program. Kristine lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.