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By Sandra Diersch

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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No one in Alex's world is who they seemed to be. Alex struggles with his faith when he witnesses a church member cheating on his wife and learns that his brother is gay. When his brother is brutally attacked, Alex is forced to decide where his loyalties lie and what he really believes in.[Fry Reading Level - 5.1


Commended - ALA Rainbow Project List - 2011

Commended - Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2011

Commended - One of the Year's Best -- Resource Links - 2010

"...very accessible for teens who may struggle with reading. Perhaps what I enjoyed most about this novel is that Alex doesn't come up with any easy answers...I would highly recommend this high-interest low-vocabulary selection."

- Angela Thompson Resource Links

"The author does a nice job with characterization, writes smoothly, and manages to infuse her story with enough suspense to hold her readers' attention."

- Booklist

SANDRA DIERSCH has taught writing courses to British Columbia students and aspiring adult writers. She has written eight books to date, including Offside! and Home Court Advantage, both Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice selections. She lives in Maple Ridge, B.C., with her husband and young daughter.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 25th September 2009
ISBN: 9781552774212
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 136 pages
Publication Date: 13th November 2009
ISBN: 9781552774229
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 28th June 2012
ISBN: 9781552775943
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV013070, JUV039220
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18


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SideStreets Series

Edgy & realistic teen fiction

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Series features

  • Page-turning novels that engage reluctant readers
  • Presenting real-world issues in real ways
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • Diverse characters and settings

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior and senior- high school library...highly recommended."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

Sidestreets are edgy, fast-paced novels, that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short heart-stopping books - sure to engage the most reluctant reader.