Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 7 to 10
Todd Lerner's never been much of a student, but he's got plenty of street smarts and he's a mean poker player. Todd's always had a thing for Claire, the most beautiful girl in grade eleven -- but Claire likes nice things. If Todd wants to date her, he'll need cash and plenty of it. Soon, a weekly poker game turns into a costly and dangerous obsession, and Todd's luck begins to change. Inspired by true events, All In journeys into the high-stakes worlds of gambling, addiction, and fraud. [Fry Reading Level - 4.0
About the author
MONIQUE POLAK is a regular contributor to The Montreal Gazette and has been published in many other major publications such as the Globe and Mail, The National Post, and Newsday. She is also the author of the Sports Stories novel Flip Turn, a Canadian Children's Centre Our Choice selection, and the SideStreets novels All In and On the Game, which was also an Our Choice selection. She lives in Montreal with her husband and daughter, where she teaches writing and English Literature.
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens - Canadian Children's Book Centre
- Short-listed, Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Book
"Polak's attempt at tackling a topic which has received limited attention in YA novels is commendable. Her work prompts adults working with teens to realize that gambling addiction is not a social problem with which only adults and seniors wrestle."
All In (SideStreets)If Todd wants to date the girl of his dreams, he’ll need lots of cash. A weekly poker game turns into a costly and dangerous obsession, and Todd’s luck begins to change for the worse. Inspired by true events.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.