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.



rez runaway

Themes: LGBTQ, gender identity, Native peoples, homelessness, runaways, street youth

Dark Side

Themes: Mental health, cultural diversity, parental pressure, abuse

Dead to Me

Themes: Anger issues, death & dying, families, underage drinking

Riot School

Themes: Social justice, dealing with authority, cultural diversity, conflict resolution

“A gritty fairy tale for modern times, Rez Runaway communicates hope and compassion to an increasingly vulnerable teen demographic with an optimistic endnote that all teens need to hear: “It really does get better.””

— National Reading Campaign

The book is likely to encourage readers to think critically about mental health and healthy family relationships. Dark Side is an engaging read that covers many serious issues which will hold appeal to a wide audience of teen readers. Highly Recommended.

                — CM Magazine: Canadian                           Review of Materials

“Author Cristy Watson has a good sense of edgy situations… this is a believable story and her characters are very real."

                           — Resource Links

“This text includes a diversity of characters that are brought together for the common purpose of protesting injustice... The content would be suitable for upper grades and relies on the reader to suspend disbelief as the  story closes."

                   — CM Magazine: Canadian                                   Review of Materials

Killer Drop

Themes: Families, social class,             friendship, death & dying, disability

Trap Jam

Themes: Lying, music, controlling         relationships, peer pressure,               substance abuse

Cutter Boy

Themes: Mental health, self-harm,         bullying, families


In spite of its brevity, few words on a page, and simple vocabulary, this book is aimed squarely at teens. Coarse language, sex, drinking, and a frank discussion of suicide are all  part of this tale.

— Kirkus Books

A fast-paced story, blending multiple hot-button issues including controlling relationships and substance abuse.

— Publisher's Weekly

Cutter Boy is definitely one of the better high interest reads out there today, and it fills a very important gap in teen literature.”

                   — CM Magazine: Canadian                                 Review of Materials