From the Series Lorimer Real Love
After seventeen-year-old Ash’s mother dies, Ash is left with her mother’s boyfriend and his children. They bully her by posting embarrassing pictures and making her do their homework. Ash’s only solace is the app she developed to help people being cyber-bullied.
Calling herself @Cinders, Ash chats online with a girl named @Charming. Discovering @Charming is Char, a singer who goes to Ash’s school, Ash comes to admire Char’s courage in self-identifying as a lesbian. Char helps Ash help others, instead of being bitter. Ash finally feels like someone sees that she is special and supports her.
A modern Cinderella, Cinders tells the story of overcoming adversity and bullying with kindness and compassion.
|Interest Level||Grade 9 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 4|
|Genre||Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult|
|Publisher||Lorimer & Company, Ltd.|
|Imprint||Lorimer Children & Teens|
|Number of Pages||168|
School Library Journal
“These modern romances. . . .effectively tie in contemporary themes like bullying and social media while presenting relatable characters embracing their sexuality.”—School Library Journal
Author: Mette Bach
Mette Bach was born in Denmark and raised in Delta, BC, the suburban setting for Cinders and Charming. Her love of fairy tales led her to imagine the Cinderella story as a realistic modern queer romance. Bach lives in Vancouver.