Ashland Creek Press (2015) - Available Now!
Sometimes, life becomes unleashed.
Sixteen-year-old Iris Moody has a problem controlling her temper, but then, she has a lot to be angry about. Dead mother. Workaholic father. Dumped by her boyfriend. Failing English.
When a note in Iris's journal is mistaken as a threat against her English teacher, she finds herself in trouble not only with school authorities but with the law.
In addition to summer school, dog-phobic Iris is sentenced to an entire summer of community service, rehabilitating troubled dogs. Iris believes she is nothing like Roman, the three-legged pit bull who is struggling to overcome his own dark past, not to mention the other humans in the program. But when Roman's life is on the line, Iris learns that counting on the help of others may be the only way to save him.
Strays - 2015 Literary Classics gold medal recipient for Health / Self Esteem category
Strays - 2015 Literary Classics silver award recipient for YA fiction category
Strays - 2016 Silver Medal Winner, young adult category
"Strays tells what happens when two wandering creatures find one another, overcoming their fears to make friends and rise above their dark reputations...Young adults who want a story of more than an animal rescue or a sixteen-year-old's angst will find Strays a compelling saga."
"In this novel, Jennifer Caloyeras reminds us that healing can be found in the most unexpected places. STRAYS will find its way into your heart."
- Gayle Brandeis, author of The Book of Live Wires
“Stray offers readers a winning portrait of Iris, a teen confronting a summer weighted with counseling sessions, re-taking the English course she failed, and compulsory community service training a pit bull. Jennifer Caloyeras deftly weaves strands that explore not only anger management and dog training but fear and loss—and fairy tales!”
- Glen Huser, author of The Runaway
"More than a coming-of-age story, STRAYS captures the essence of a young woman's struggle to stay balanced and sane when her entire world has toppled and none of the landmarks remain true. Drawing beautiful (and unexpected) comparisons with the dark side of fairy tales, Jennifer Caloyeras weaves a compelling story that remains emotionally honest throughout. I couldn't put it down. A "must-read!"
- Davida Wills Hurwin, author of Freaks and Revelations