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No Known Address

By Steven Barwin

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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Teen homelessness is not always connected to poverty and crime. Sometimes there's more to the story. No Known Address follows a teen named Tyler from a privileged family in Victoria, British Columbia, who is kicked out of his home by his abusive dad after being blamed for bringing prescription narcotics to a party. This novel brings to light the serious nature of verbal and emotional abuse and how difficult it is to be understood and access support in such circumstances.

From the outside, Tyler's life seems pretty good. His dad is a doctor and his parents are well-respected members of the community. They live in a nice house and Tyler has enough spending money. But behind closed doors his dad's drinking problem and verbal abuse towards Tyler have gotten worse as his mom's mental health has declined. Soon, Tyler starts going home only for meals and to sleep, until his dad kicks him out for his "attitude."

For a little while, Tyler gets by couch hopping from a friend's house to his girlfriend's place, but even their parents don't really want Tyler around. When he's falsely accused of providing prescription drugs at a party, he gets banned from his girlfriend's place for good. Where can Tyler go when there's no place left to turn?


Starred Selection - Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2021

"A thought-provoking problem novel about a teen’s journey to find a safe place to call home."

- Kirkus Reviews

"Emphasis is placed on keeping the plot moving, making it a good choice for reluctant readers."

- Bob Hassett School Library Journal

STEVEN BARWIN is a teacher and the author of Trap Jam and Cold Grab in the Lorimer SideStreets series. He has also written several sports novels. Steven lives in Thornhill, Ontario.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 15th September 2020
ISBN: 9781459415546
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Hardback, 192 pages
Publication Date: 1st August 2021
ISBN: 9781459415577
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 192 pages
Publication Date: 15th September 2020
ISBN: 9781459415553
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  JUV039130, YAF000000, YAF018000, YAF058130
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 2.9
Lexile Reading Level: HL530L


Similar titles:
Trap Jam

Cold Grab


Girl Fight

Last Chance


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.