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Inferno

by Robin Stevenson

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sexual abuse), dating & sex, friendship
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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Apr 2009
ISBN:9781554690770
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Dante thinks high school is an earthly version of hell. She hates her new home in the suburbs, her best friend has moved away, her homeroom teacher mocks her and her mother is making her attend a social skills group for teenage girls. When a stranger shows up at school and hands Dante a flyer that reads: Woof, woof. You are not a dog. Why are you going to obedience school?, Dante thinks she's found a soul mate. Someone who understands. Someone else who wants to make real changes in the world. But there are all kinds of ways of bringing about change...and some are more dangerous than others.

About the Author
Robin Stevenson is the author of more than 25 books for kids and teens, including “The Summer We Saved the Bees and Pride Colors. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
12 to 100
Grade:
8 to 12
Reading age:
12 to 100
Awards
  • Commended, Rainbow List
  • Short-listed, BC Book Prize - Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize nominee
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
Editorial Reviews

"Stevenson's writing is sharp and her plot tidy and briskly paced, making for a quick, engaging read. Even her integration of the tough themes of relationship abuse and the alienation of queer teens is seamless—not to mention free of heavy-handed lessons."

— Quill & Quire

"[Stevenson] does a terrific job, capturing the impossibly large emotion and the power that propels teenage girls...This is skillful writing featuring a strong female protagonist. A good story well told."

— January Magazine

"An exceptional book that captures the angst and ennui of the teenager that just does not fit well into any group...A well written novel that had me gripped to the final page. Highly recommended."

— Resource Links

"Teens will identify with the plot which is full of rebellion and reaction to the "Life is not fair!" mantra that the characters convey through actions and events."

— Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"The clear and thoughtful discussions between characters make the plot meaningful and intriguing...A fantastic read for teenagers or adults. Inferno is an inspiring book that motivates readers to stand up for what they believe in, take risks, and dream big."

— What If? Magazine

"Stevenson creates a compelling portrait of autonomy vs. conformity...Dante's sexuality is refreshingly not a problem, just a fact of life. Readers will recognize themselves and many of their peers in Stevenson's complex, likeable characters."

— Booklist

"If you are a librarian serving teenagers, you should have this book in your collection. It seems so many good books about gay themes are about boys—this has a wonderful female lead. Dante is strong, smart, and has integrity."

— Elisabeth Abarbanel, Librarian, Los Angeles

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Inferno

Emily starts her Grade 11 school year disillusioned by the educational system and conflicted about many things, including her purpose in life and her own sexuality. The only child of a stereotypical suburban couple, Emily begins her rebellion against the status quo by changing her name to Dante, symbolic of her obsession with the literary works of Dante Alighieri. Finding no comfort amongst the high school cliques, she gets drawn to a group of high school drop outs, seemingly like-minded activists. When the group’s leader decides they need to take criminal action in order for their message to be heard, Dante realizes she has mixed with the wrong crowd. Her subsequent efforts to disassociate from the group make her realize how difficult some choices can be.

Stevenson has written several award-winning teen novels including A Thousand Shades of Blue and Out of Order.

Caution: Contains some coarse language and references to sexuality.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2009-2010.

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