The World on Either Side

Sixteen-year-old Valentine Joy is devastated by the death of her boyfriend. She stops going to school, quits seeing her friends, and finally, doesn’t even leave her bed. After an ‘accidental’ drug overdose, her desperate mother takes Valentine on a trekking trip to Thailand, to get her back in the world.

In the mountains north of Chiang Mai, Valentine encounters difficult trails, hill tribes and mountain spring showers. She also meets a young Burmese guide, tormented by his secret past, and a baby bull elephant, orphaned and pursued by violent poachers. Together, the three flee deep into the jungle, looking for refuge and redemption.

Gripping and fast-paced, The World on Either Side is full of heart and hope.

  • Type: Fiction, Kids
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Publisher: Orca Books
  • Rights Sold:
    • Orca Books (North America)

What people are saying:

With a compelling voice and eye for evocative detail, Diane Terrana captures the rawness of grief and the dislocation of being a stranger in a strange land. Valentine’s journey is part vivid travelogue, part healing odyssey, part high-stakes adventure, astutely narrated and punctuated with poetry, geopolitics, and humour. A work of refreshing moral complexity about characters seeking atonement and redemption—and finding the courage it takes to love, and to live.

  • — Trilby Kent, author of Medina Hill, Stones for My Father, and Once In a Town Called Moth

Air. This exquisite novel will have you gasping for it. Valentine’s heartbreak and her desperate race through the jungles of Thailand had me holding my breath, smiling and weeping, despairing and hopeful. The World on Either Side is a heart-pounding journey to healing and love.

  • — Barbara Radecki, author of The Darkhouse

Written By:

Diane Terrana

Author. Editor. Instructor.

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