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Strange Beauty

By Lori Weber

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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There are some things a teen can take for granted, or so Penny thinks. Beautiful girls get all the breaks. An eccentric old woman is going to be the target of every kid in the 'hood. But what if things are not all they seem? Lori Weber's talents are on full display in this in this remarkable, insightful story of beauty's fleeting power and the effects of time.


Joint winner - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2015

"An interesting, thought-provoking read. Highly recommended."

- Christina Pike CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"...readers will feel close to Penelope as she quietly discovers that beauty is often found in the most unexpected places."

- Stephanie Squicciarini KLIATT

"... a sensitive portrayal of adolescent-elderly relationships which is refreshing and encouraging and also offers readers plenty of thought-provoking material ... quite possibly [Lori Weber's most serious, poignant, and profound novel to date."

- Carol-Ann Hoyte Canadian Bookseller

"[Strange Beauty intertwines complicated issues of friendship, prejudice, empathy, family, and identity in down-to-earth, believable situations. A good detective story as well, it will inspire middle school and junior high girls to examine their own relationships and prejudices."

- Lucy Schall VOYA

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 28th October 2006
ISBN: 9781550289411
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Hardback, 144 pages
Publication Date: 17th November 2006
ISBN: 9781550289442
Format: 7in x 4.25in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 4th January 2011
ISBN: 9781552776162
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV030030, JUV039020, JUV039050, JUV039230
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 14 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.6


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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.