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By Peter McPhee

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Kyle never expected to see Calgary's hard side--its seedy neighbourhoods marked with trash-filled lots, abandoned buildings, abandoned lives. But when his 14-year-old sister Meghan runs away from home, he knows he has to track her down.
Soon Kyle discovers a dark world of after-hours clubs, desperate street kids, drugs and violence. As he gradually uncovers clues about Meghan's whereabouts, he realizes that she is in grave danger and his search becomes an urgent race against time. Kyle is willing to do what it takes to save Meghan--but will it be enough?
Set against the gritty world of Calgary's inner-city, Runner is a suspenseful story of a brother's love for his troubled sister. [Fry Reading Level - 4.1


Winner - Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection - 1999

" exciting story of a life on the streets of Calgary. It is hard to put this book down once you start reading it because of the suspense that builds throughout Kyle's search for Meghan."

- Connie Hall Resource Links

"The world of teen runaways that he has painted jumps to life. Dirt, crime, poverty, abuse, drugs, prostitution, violence - they're all there - without being unbearably graphic. The dialogue rings true. The plot moves along quickly. This is an easy book to read."

- Kristen Butcher Resource Links

"Runner realistically portrays life on the streets and dispels any myths teenagers might have about 'living free'. The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior- and senior-high school library... highly recommended."

- Brenda Baltensperger Canadian Book Review Annual

"Readers get a look at the darker side of life in McPhee's tale of a high-school football player who is searing for his runaway sister. ...A page-turner with no happy ending, this is a realistic picture of street life."

- School Library Journal

"Runner gives us a fascinating view of Calgary's underside. Through skillful storytelling and strong characterizations, Peter McPhee has crafted an exciting read."

- Monica Hughes

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781550286748
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 151 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781550286755
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552776131
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:, JUV039070
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18


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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.