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By Jennifer Manuel

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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The #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence of sexual assault in society, especially as committed by powerful men. But it is an issue that also affects the lives of teen girls. This book tells the the story of seventeen-year-old Ana Santos, who has ambitions to make it big in music and signs a contract with the owner of a music café without knowing there are sexual strings attached. It looks at the darker side of the music industry, including sexual harassment, lyrics that degrade and demean women and social media trolling as backlash for speaking up, all while presenting a strong, realistic main character who overcomes her feelings of shame to find a voice for herself and her music.

"The story is accessible and would be a useful introduction into understanding the #metoo movement and the importance of speaking out."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"The heaviness of the #metoo theme is paired well with the lighter side of a teenage band that is working to find and create its own sound."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"An absorbing #MeToo story that will increase awareness."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Though the story is engaging for reluctant readers, the way red flags and warning signs of predatory behavior are woven through the narrative is its greatest strength."

- Kirkus Reviews

"A must-buy for high school hi-lo collections."

- School Library Journal

JENNIFER MANUEL was the 2017 winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was named A Writer to Watch by the CBC in 2016. Jennifer has been a college, elementary and high-school teacher, plays goalie on a men's hockey team and also plays drums and produces music. Jennifer is author of Dressed to Play and Head to Head in the Lorimer Sports Stories series. This is her first YA novel. Jennifer lives in Duncan, British Columbia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 16th February 2021
ISBN: 9781459415881
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Hardback, 160 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2021
ISBN: 9781459415904
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 160 pages
Publication Date: 16th February 2021
ISBN: 9781459415898
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF047030, YAF058160, YAF058240
Imprint: Lorimer

Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.9
Lexile Reading Level: HL550L


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  • 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.