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Children's Fiction Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse

Adrenaline High

by (author) Christine Forsyth

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2011
Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse, Violence, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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    Publish Date
    Jan 2011
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2003
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 7 to 10


D'Arcy is a 16-year-old overachiever and a budding newshound. When her classmate Zania's mother goes missing, D'Arcy thinks she's found the mother of all scoops. She's determined to solve the mystery and capture it all on film. But Zania's troubles are no game. She suspects her mother's drug-dealing boyfriend may be behind her sudden disappearance and Zania's too scared to go home. It's not long before the girls realize that they're in over their heads. Adrenaline High is a gripping, fast-paced story for mystery lovers.

[Fry Reading Level - 5.6

About the author

CHRISTINE FORSYTH is a Toronto-based writer and graphic designer. She is the author of Face Off, Hockey Heat Wave, Power Hitter and Katie's Midnight Ride. Power Hitter and Katie\s Midnight Ride are Canadian Children's Book Centre "Our Choice" selections. She is also the author of the Lorimer SideStreets YA novel Adrenaline High.

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  • Commended, ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers

Editorial Reviews

"The writing is lively and the action fast paced..."


"[Adrenaline High an enjoyable, fast-paced, lively thriller. The novel also cleverly warns of assumptions we might make without realizing that we're making them. Recommended."


"Refreshing to see girls portrayed as technologically savvy ... Adrenaline High will appeal especially to middle school girls hungering for tension and thrills. Recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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