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Ride or Die
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Ride or Die

By Wanda Lauren Taylor

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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This novel is based on real-life experiences and events in small town Nova Scotia and Toronto. The story recounts how a 15-year-old Black girl finds herself beaten, emotionally abused, sold to a pimp, and working in the sex trade.

15-year-old Kanika lives a sheltered life with her aunt in Guysborough, a small town in Nova Scotia. But that all changes when her best friend disappears after hanging out with some older boys. While trying to find out what happened, Kanika gets the attention of Danny, an older teen she has always found attractive. After establishing that Kanika is his "ride or die chick" and will do anything for him, Danny sells her into the sex trade.

Kanika is raped and taken to Toronto, where she finds her friend has been a victim of the same sex trafficking plot. The two girls experience the hard and dangerous life of sex workers. Kanika never gives up her plans to escape. With help and strength given by an older girl who is a sex worker by choice, Kanika gets away from the people abusing her and makes her way home.

"An important cautionary tale for young-adult readers and a solid option for reluctant readers looking for a realistic page-turner."

- Sarah Sawler Atlantic Books Today

WANDA LAUREN TAYLOR is an author, filmmaker and educator. With a background in social work and advocacy, Wanda lectures on social justice and human rights issues. She is a former CBC TV producer and the author of two books, including Birchtown and the Black Loyalist, listed as one of the top Black history books for young readers by Today's Parent Magazine and by the Canadian Children's Book Centre.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412491
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 184 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412507
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF014000, YAF018020, YAF058040, YAF058170, YAF058240
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 4.6
Lexile Reading Level: HL610L


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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.