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Empty Cup
by Suzanne Costigan

2016-01-07 EC - Copy - CopyMom's new boyfriend is creepy. On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.




As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to change it for her. Real change begins within.

Graphic content.

Suzanne Costigan is a child welfare advocate, supporting high risk children in her home, and a driving force behind The Anita Factor writing group. Empty Cup is her first novel.

Print ISBN: 9780993939044
Pages: 176
Print Price: $14.99

Ebook ISBN: 9780993939051
Ebook Price: $9.99


"Not an easy story but an important one. Compelling, powerful and engaging.” ~Eric Walters, author of Power Play.

“. . . Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions on important issues.” ~Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal.

**** / 4 “Costigan presents her readers with unforgettable characters in this first novel. . . . This author has an engaging and entertaining style, using short chapters to keep the pace of the book moving and keep readers always just a little edgy about what will happen next, fearing the worst yet hoping for the best. Empty Cup is a wonderful beginning to Costigan's writing career and hopefully there will be more young adult novels to follow.” ~Ann Ketcheson, Canadian Review of Materials.

**** / 5 “Stunningly dark and edgy, Empty Cup is an incredibly intense and emotional story that's hard to read. Suzanne Costigan pens a beautifully written and realistic tragedy that will drag your emotions through the gamut and wreck you. It will frustrate you, incense you, and move you to tears as you embark on the painful and traumatic journey that Raven goes through in order to discover that change comes from within and only she can make that happen.” ~Suz of A Soul Unsung, 


Shortlisted, McNally Robinson’s Best Book for Young People (Older Category) 2015

Recommended, 2015 Best Books, Canadian Children's Book Centre