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By Teresa McWhirter

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Ever since Ariel's mom has been too sick to work they've been moving to progressively lower income neighbourhoods. Then they seem to hit rock bottom--Vancouver's downtown east side, Canada's poorest postal code. Here Ariel gets on the wrong side of a gang of tough girls at school after receiving unwanted attention from their boyfriends. Now she's stuck with a reputation and a label she doesn't know how to deal with. [Fry Reading Level - 4.0

"...every aspect of Skank feels authentic and will be eye-opening for teens living in other parts of the country. Its straighforward language makes this a good pick for reluctant readers."

- Kat Drennan-Scace Resource Links

"...the story is well-developed and paced. The characters, particularly Ariel, are realistically portrayed, and ... while the author is making the text accessible to reluctant readers, she is not talking down to them while doing so... Skank is an engaging read and provides some great discussion points."

- Karen Boyd CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"This stark, convincing portrait of a girl struggling to live in a tough neighborhood should appeal to teens looking for realism... McWhirter paints an uncompromising portrait of her characters and their neighborhood... Sensitive and effective, this small, short book is explicitly aimed at reluctant readers; if they pick it up, they will find some fine writing within."

- Kirkus Reviews (U.S.)

"McWhirter has crafted a fine story with well-defined female characters, compelling conflicts, and strongly evoked communal bonds... Skank makes an engrossing, worthwile read for teens and adults alike."

- Jodi Lundgren subTerrain, No. 59

TERESA MCWHIRTER has written three novels as well as numerous short works for adults in publications such as Vice, Bust, and Geist. A graduate of the University of Victoria's Creative Writing Program, for the past few years Teresa has toured with a punk band and worked driving an ice cream truck and as a monster in the haunted house of an amusement park gathering material for her novels. She lives in Vancouver's east side.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 14th March 2011
ISBN: 9781552777152
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 4th April 2011
ISBN: 9781552777169
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 22nd February 2012
ISBN: 9781552777176
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV014000
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.