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Beyond Crazy

By Deb Loughead

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Being in a band is Stelle's salvation. It is her escape from the chaotic clutter at home and her mother's depression. Even though she is able to lose herself for a few hours, pounding away on the drums in the basement of her dad's new house, as soon as she leaves, it's as if the world is going crazy all around her: one bandmate's parents refuse to acknowledge their son is gay; her band's only potential lead singer dresses like a vampire; and even her best friend, Lu, with the "perfect family" has been on edge lately.

But it's the strange, confused conversations that Stelle has with her grandmother in the nursing home that hold the key to unlocking the unhappiness at the heart of her family.

"[An authentic portrayal of depression and the ripples that affect those around it . . . The text is one that could appeal to a variety of reluctant readers and deals with serious issues that need to be present in the young adult literature canon."

- Stephanie Johnson, CM Magazine

"The SideStreets imprint is a real mark of quality: readable teen fiction that tackles difficult topics in a way that's accessible to reluctant readers without condescending to them or sugar-coating the issues. Beyond Crazy is another fine example, featuring a musician who struggles to cope with her mother's mental illness."

- Max Thornton, NetGalley Reviewer

"An unflinching look at mental health issues and family dysfunction..."

- School Library Journal

DEB LOUGHEAD is a Toronto author, poet, and workshop leader who has been writing since she learned how to read. She is also the award-winning author of over twenty-five books for young people, including the Lorimer Sports Stories novel Just Run (a Junior Library Guild selection).

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 17th September 2014
ISBN: 9781459407176
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 17th September 2014
ISBN: 9781459407183
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 17th September 2014
ISBN: 9781459407190
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV000000, JUV039240
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.9


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  • 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.