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Cold Grab

By Steven Barwin

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Sixteen-year-old Angelo has moved to Toronto from the Philippines to join his mother, who has been living and working in Canada for most of Angelo's life. Adjusting to a new country isn't easy for Angelo, with a new language, curfews, new rules, and pressure from a mom who seems like a stranger. Angelo's mother takes him to the Filipino Community Centre where he meets Marcus who has shared the same experience.

At school, Marcus introduces Angelo to Felix and Darius. The boys quickly give Angelo a reality check, pointing out how rich everyone else is, and how no one respects poor Filipino immigrants. They lure Angelo into running petty thefts as a way of proving his friendship. But when Angelo is accused of stealing something valuable from the house his mother cleans and she loses her job, he realizes that everyone sees him as just a punk. He wants to set things right, but how can he go against his friends without getting the law involved?

Awards

Winner - Resource Links The Year's Best - Fiction Grades 7-12 - 2018

"Cold Grab presents readers with one boy's experience in leaving behind a home he loves to join his mother in a new country. Readers journey with him as he struggles to find his place in this new-to-him world, and they can connect with the lessons Angelo learns and reflect upon the application of these lessons in their own lives."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Author Steven Barwin's portrayal of adjusting to life and family in an unfamiliar environment and the perils it engenders is told in the straightforward terms we have come to associate with his sports novels. Barwin presents the clash of values and culture experienced by Angelo and how he works through it without sentiment or preaching, making a complex and nuanced situation accessible without diminishing its urgency."

- Resource Links

STEVEN BARWIN is a high school teacher. He is the author of several books in the Lorimer Sports Stories series including Spiked, which was a Resource Links' Year's Best book, Icebreaker and Slam Dunk, both of which were named Best Books for Kids and Teens by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. He is also the author of the teen novel Trap Jam. Steven lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 4th September 2018
ISBN: 9781459413795
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 192 pages
Publication Date: 21st August 2018
ISBN: 9781459413801
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  4.0.2.0.9.1.0, YAF046030, YAF046050, YAF058030
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.3
Lexile Reading Level: HL560L

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