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By Jodi Lundgren

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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As far as Mary, a.k.a. Meringue, can tell, the only good thing about moving from Vancouver to Red Deer following her parents' divorce is that she was able to get a head-start on earning her Learner's Permit. Now she's sixteen, she can drive on her own. When her friend Jeff asks her to cover his pizza route, Meringue jumps at the chance to cruise around town on her mother's scooter. Little does she know that Jeff has been using his father's pizza shop as a cover-up for his small-scale drug deals. By the time Meringue figures out whats going on, a bigger drug dealer is moving in on Jeff's business -- and on her. Meringue is scared. How can she get herself out without snitching?

[Fry reading level - 3.0


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

"A mature, gritty novel about teens who make a mistake. The characters have realistic worries and interactions. Highly recommended."

- Jaime Tong, Educator at Vancouver School Board

"Lundgren is to be commended for portraying Asians within a contemporary context rather than in stereotypical ideals. Her writing shines as she portrays the complexities of racism through Meringue's relationship with Jeff... Lundgren demonstrates that racism goes beyond slurs and uncomfortable glances."

- Jenice Batiforra, Librarian, Canadian Review of Materials (CM)

"I am always looking for good high-interest low reading level titles to share with students, and this book did not disappoint! It had relatable characters and a fast-paced plot. The writing style was perfect for the genre and I would definitely recommend it to students."

- Vera Wexler Educator

"Blow is another hi-lo title that I can see my non-readers picking up at the beginning of the school year. The story is written in a way even my struggling readers will be able to find accessible."

- Melissa S., Educator NetGalley Reviewer

JODI LUNDGREN is the author of several published short stories as well as an adult literary novel and a YA novel. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Camosun College. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 232 pages
Publication Date: 11th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459405981
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 232 pages
Publication Date: 11th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459405998
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 11th March 2014
ISBN: 9781459406001
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039020, JUV039040
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.