The Series

  • Deals with real-world issues in real ways
  • High-interest fiction that engages reluctant teen readers
  • Believable characters, situations, and dialogue
  • Diverse characters and settings
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • 60+ titles available
  • 34 award-winning titles
  • Reading Level Grades 3-5


What teachers, librarians, and reviewers are saying about the series

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." 

—Kirkus Reviews

"The dialogue, both witty and thoughtful, faithfully reflects current high school conversations... Students will be nodding in recognition."

—Resource Links

"Quick and satisfying."


“Lorimer SideStreets [are] fast-paced novels with real world stories and believable characters . . . The SideStreets books are filled with action and young people dealing with situations in contemporary settings. For readers who prefer realistic fiction, quick reads, and stories with plenty of tense moments, this is a series they should try.”  

—Suzanne Costner, Librarian and NetGalley Reviewer

 “The [SideStreets] series is perfect for reluctant readers, producing high-interest, fast-paced and relevant novels that could appeal to a wide variety of teens. The notable feature of SideStreets books is that they typically deal with edgier topics like drugs, depression and sex. These realistic topics, which are issues teens today actually face, help in filling the gap in diverse and inclusive young adult literature.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

 “I’m beginning to recognize that the Sidestreets imprint is a real mark of quality: readable teen fiction that tackles difficult topics in a way that’s accessible to reluctant readers without condescending to them or sugar-coating the issues.”

— Max Thornton, NetGalley Reviewer