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Falling through the Cracks

by Lesley Choyce

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violence, homelessness & poverty
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list price: $8.95
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published: Jan 1996
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Description

Melanie and Trent are fighters. They fight to hold their dead-end jobs and stay in school at the same time. They fight to stay off the streets, fight against a welfare system that is worse than useless for them. They fight to stay together.

When they manage to find an apartment together things seem to be getting better. But some of the other tenants are wild and dangerous and only make matters worse. And when Trent starts disappearing mysteriously, reappearing with lots of cash, Melanie gets worried. Soon she finds herself fighting alone, fighting to stay alive.

Set against the gritty background of inner-city Halifax, Falling Through the Cracks is a story about the difficulties faced by the young and dispossessed, and of the indifference they often face in their struggles to survive.

About the Author

Lesley Choyce

No one has a clearer view of Atlantic Canada's literary endeavours over the past twenty years than Lesley Choyce. He is the founder of the literary journal Pottersfield Portfolio, and the publisher of Pottersfield Press. He has edited several fiction anthologies and has been the in-house editor of many books from Pottersfield Press including Making Waves, a collection of stories by emerging authors from Atlantic Canada. He is the author of more than fifty books in genres ranging from poetry and essays to autobiography, history and fiction for adults, young adults, and children. Among his recent books are the novels The Republic of Nothing, World Enough, and Cold Clear Morning, and the story collection Dance the Rocks Ashore. Choyce is the writer, host, and co-producer of the popular literary show television program, Off the Page with Lesley Choyce, which is broadcast across the country on Vision TV. He also teaches in the English department of Dalhousie University in Halifax and is leader of the rock band The Surf Poets.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
11 to 16
Grade:
6 to 9
Reading age:
11 to 16
Awards
  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection
Editorial Reviews

"Choyce has a feeling for the young and dispossessed, for the terrible angst of adolescence and the rituals of rebellion."

— Globe and Mail

"Choyce successfully walks the line between turning the story into a didactic cautionary tale and making leaving home seem like an attractive option for dissatisfied teens. A fine independent read, Falling Through the Cracks would make an excellent classroom discussion starter... recommended."

— Canadian Book Review Annual

"Choyce blends just the right amount of reality into this story of abused teenagers.... there are no false notes in this book."

— Evening Telegram

"...an outstanding read... Seldom, I think, does an adult writer succeed so completely in understanding and portraying teen-agers.... This is a book that's hard to put down."

— Telegraph Journal

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