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SideStreets Teacher's Resource Guide
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 9-12

Epic Fail
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 4

A 14-year-old Aboriginal/Caucasian girl, from a mixed-income Vancouver suburb, is raped at at party she attends with her two friends. Two years later, photos of the incident appear on social media, which has serious consequences for everyone involved. This book tells a tough but realistic story about teen relationships and sexual assault and how social media plays a role in magnifying its impact.

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Ride or Die
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 5

A 15-year-old Black girl from small town Nova Scotia is lured into the sex trade by an older teenage boy. Based on true-events, this book recounts the physical and emotional abuse experienced by young victims of sex trafficing, and how one girl survives, escapes, and finds her way back home.

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Saving Grad
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 5

Vienna, a mixed-Métis teen, and her mother experience racism and domestic violence while living with her step-father. They try to escape the situation by moving to Edmonton where they begin to start new lives. But when her step-father shows up at her new high school's grad party, Vienna has to find a way to keep herself, her mother, and her friends safe. This book illustrates the very real circumstances women and children victims of domestic abuse face and one family's struggle to escape a violent situation.

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Dark Side
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 9-12

When ending it all seems like the only way out

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Dead to Me
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 9-12

Ever since Logan found out that his uncle was involved in his dad's death, he's been full of resentment — until he gets in trouble with the law and realizes he needs to face up to his anger.

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Rez Runaway
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 9-12

Raised on an Indian reserve, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief runs away when his devout Christian community discovers he is gay.

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Riot School
  • Interest age: 13-18
  • School grade: 9-12

Five teens break into a small-town high school over the decision to close their school. How far they will go to protest having no control over decisions that affect their lives?

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Cutter Boy
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 9-12

All Travis wants is a slice of life

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Killer Drop
  • Interest age: 14-18
  • School grade: 9-12

Marcus has a great life until it all goes downhill

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SideStreets

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.