Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 3
- Reading age: 8 to 9
When Sasha moves from Russia with her mother, she's eager to start a new life. At her new school she joins CREW (Confident, Remarkable, Excellent, Welcoming), a girls' volunteer group. But she quickly learns that the group is a front for a girl gang and their true philosophy is to Con, Rip Off, Exploit, and Weaken the people they claim to help. Their leader is eager to exploit Sasha's computer skills for a more lucrative level of crime: stealing identities and blackmailing men online.
This story plays out against the backdrop of peer pressure and digital media, showing readers that fitting in with a group isn't worth sacrificing your safety and integrity.
About the author
NANCY MILLER has been writing stories for children and young adults for 10 years. She conducts in-school courses, focus groups and other research with teens on social issues such as sexuality, substance abuse and newcomer integration. She teaches English as a Second Language and literacy in Toronto.
"In addition to the diverse protagonists, many secondary characters also bring diversity to the series."
"The story is captivating, moving, full of suspense and twists and turns."
"Gang Girl could certainly have a place in a classroom library ... The language is clear and simple for an emerging or struggling reader while the content is suitable for a more mature audience."
CM: Canadian Review of Materials