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By Lori Weber

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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It seems like Kat's parents have done little but prepare for her sister Hannah's return since she was sent away to a home for troubled teens. Everyone is determined to find out what went wrong with Hannah and make things right again -- everyone except Kat, that is.
Kat dreads going back to a life dominated by her sister's tantrums and rule-breaking. The only place she feels in control these days is at the mall, where everything she wants is at her fingertips and no one is better at the art of stealing. As the time of Hannah's return approaches, Kat's shoplifting escalates into a full-blown addiction. Klepto is a powerful story from a talented new writer for teens.


Short-listed - ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults - 2006

"The story is not presented in a didactic manner and teens will enjoy this quick read on a topic that can have serious consequences."

- School Library Journal

"... powerful, voyeuristic, vicarious pleasure."

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"Weber's first novel honestly conveys the anguish over parental neglect ... Kat's tale addresses important issues in a tone which respects teens and their issues."

- ALAN Review

"Weber sensitively explores themes of family dysfunction, belonging, and control in a well-written and insightful manner. Her novel is a quick, entertaining and thought-provoking read that will stimulate discussion among adolescents."

- Montreal Review of Books

"This is a well-written and entertaining book. Kat's voice is one with which many will identify ... a great book to recommend to teenage girls. Recommended."

- Kliatt

Klepto is an interesting psychological novel of the stresses that some teenagers face and how they deal with these pressures... It deals with themes of peer pressure, being less than popular, and being a member of an imperfect family unit, all themes to which teens can relate. Weber has done a good job of creating a plot with many aspects that tie together neatly and realistically. Recommended.

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
Publication Date: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781550288360
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 160 pages
Publication Date: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781550288377
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 15th February 2013
ISBN: 9781552776070
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV039040, JUV039140
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.2


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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.