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Young Adult Fiction Suicide

My Time as Caz Hazard

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Suicide, Peer Pressure, Disabilities & Special Needs
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


Caz thinks she has a pretty good reason when she punches her boyfriend in the face, but she gets expelled anyway. Moving to a new school, she is told she is dyslexic and sent to special education classes. Caz tries to fit in and get by while suffering the taunts and abuse that others throw at the students in her class. Her friendship with Amanda leads her into new territory—shoplifting and skipping school. Coupled with her parents' impending separation, her life is spiraling out of control.
Also available in Spanish.

About the author


Tanya Lloyd Kyi has written over fifteen books of fiction and nonfiction for middle-grade and young-adult readers, including many award winners. Her recent titles for Annick Press include Extreme Battlefields: When War Meets the Forces of Nature (2016), DNA Detective (2015), and When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival (2014). Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and two children.


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  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice starred selection

Excerpt: My Time as Caz Hazard (by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi)

Dodie Dunstan died last night," she said.
Strangely, my first thought was that Dodie had a last name. Other than Doorknob, that is. Was that how you talked about a dead person? You used her full name?
Ms. Samuels' voice caught, but she continued. "The police don't suspect foul play."
"That means what?" I asked, confused.
"She offed herself. Suicide," Jaz said, turning his intense stare in my direction for the first time all morning. He pursed his lips, considering. "She seems like the pill type to me. She wouldn't want to see blood.

Editorial Reviews

"Offer[s] some very realistic situations teens deal with every day and could be used to jump-start more than a few critical discussions. Highly recommended."

CM Magazine

"Kyi paints a situation common to our culture: adolescents struggling to find their identity with imperfect adult examples. Readers will easily identify with the opposing forces Caz faces as she tries to make sense of her life. A compelling contemporary story."

School Library Journal

"Will definitely ring bells with the hi-lo crowd...[Kyi's] books seem to hit their mark and are popular."


"This short novel features plenty of action and lively dialogue."

Canadian Book Review Annual

"Slim and easy to read, yet still convincing and deep, and offering a note of hopefulness...Highly recommended."


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