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Ride or Die
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Ride or Die

By Wanda Lauren Taylor

$12.95 Paperback
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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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When 15-year-old Kanika falls for Danny, an older guy she has always had a crush on, she becomes his "ride or die chick". Soon after establishing that she will do anything for him, Danny sells her into the sex trade. Kanika is drugged and taken to Toronto where she finds her friend has also been a victim of the sex trafficking plot. With the help of an older sex worker, Kanika manages to survive and escape the people abusing her.

Based on true events, Ride or Die tells the story of how a young Black girl from a small town is lured into the sex trade by an older boy.

"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

"The writing is clear and maintains its page-turning pace, prompting the reader to continue...The sensitive subject is dealt with thoroughly, but at the same time, it is not overly graphic."

- Penta Ledger, Teacher-Librarian CM Magazine

"The SideStreets Series is a great addition to the canon of Canadian YA literature. In Ride or Die, Taylor takes on the complicated and current story of young teen girls lured by recruiters into the sex trade."

- Patricia Jermey Resource Links

"Every young girl should read this."

- Marianne M., Bookseller NetGalley

"In addition to the diverse protagonists, many secondary characters also bring diversity to the series."

- Kirkus Reviews

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
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18

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"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.