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Saving Grad

By Karen Spafford-Fitz

$12.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Vienna is a mixed-Métis teen whose mother has moved in with a man who turns out to be racist and violent. Vienna and her mother decide to end the situation by moving to a new city. In Edmonton, where she knows no one, Vienna goes to high school for her final year. Gradually, her school and home life feel more normal and she starts making friends. She joins the committee planning the school's graduation, where her determination and decisiveness show through. When her step-father unexpectedly shows up at Vienna's grad party, threatening Vienna and two of her schoolmates, Vienna finds the strength to keep herself, her friends and her mother out of harm's way.


Commended - Best Fiction Grades 7-12 -- Resource Links - 2017

"Vienna is a solid role model for younger readers. Recommended."

- Lacey Crowie, CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Karen Spafford-Fitz has woven a realistic narrative in Saving Grad, with credible characters with whom teen readers can associate.The themes are everyday issues which are plausible and authentic. The novel is an easy read — only 184 pages with enough to keep readers engaged until the very end ... Saving Grad is an excellent novel for classroom discussion. Rated excellent, enduring, everyone should see it!"

- Carmelita Cechetto-Shea, Resource Links

"Saving Grad is un-put-down-able."

- Monique Polak, blogger, Fiction for Young Adults

"Author Karen Spafford-Fitz capably creates an intense plot of relationships between family and friends which can be positive and negative, supportive or destructive, and she makes sure to take us along on that bus ride."

- Helen Kubiw CanLit for Little Canadians

KAREN SPAFFORD-FITZ grew up in an old limestone farmhouse near Kingston, Ontario. Karen studied English Language and Literature at Queen's University. She went on to graduate in Education and taught elementary and junior-high students for eight years. Both her previous books, Dog Walker and Vanish have been recognized as Best Books by Resource Links and the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Karen lives in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412521
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 184 pages
Publication Date: 15th August 2017
ISBN: 9781459412538
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF025000, YAF058120, YAF058130, YAF058170
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 5.0
Lexile Reading Level: HL610L


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  • 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.