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Out of It

by Michelle Kadarusman

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drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, peer pressure
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Description

Suri and Lacey have been best friends since kindergarten. Suri, the photographer, has always been the safe, responsible one, afraid to take risks. Now that the pair is in high school, she''s afraid that her more outgoing and adventurous friend will outgrow her.
Then Lacey''s wild, risk-taking personality leads her down a dangerous path -- and Suri is afraid of losing her for real. But if she chases Lacey down that same path of drinking, partying, hooking up with older guys, and drugs, will Suri be able to save her friend -- or herself?

About the Author
Michelle Kadarusman is a Canadian/Australian/Indonesian author of novels for children and teens, including the award-nominated The Theory of Hummingbirds. Founder of the former literacy charity Raising Readers, Michelle also works with books at her day job with the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Michelle lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her family and one very noisy dog.
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Contributor Notes

MICHELLE KADARUSMAN is the founder of a literacy initiative in Toronto called Raising Readers and works for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. She has contributed to various children's magazines and educational publications. She lives in Toronto with her teenage children, husband, and dogs.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
14 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Reading age:
7 to 10
Editorial Reviews

"This book is a useful resource to address cyber-bullying and physical assault. It also raises important questions concerning peer pressure."

— Resource Links

"Kadarusman's use of social media elements, like text conversations and Facebook posts, lend credibility to the plot and authenticity to the characters...The well-drawn, realistic characters and exciting character-driven plot make for a very engaging story."

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Kadarusman takes readers on an engaging, emotion-filled ride, offering a refreshing and, ultimately, feel-good slice of life through the eyes of one teen paddling her way through those waters while teetering on the edge of adulthood."

— National Reading Campaign

"The Sidestreets series publishes wonderful books featuring YA and current social issues that are always spot on and Out of It is another example of how incredibly important it is to print these types of books in today's world . . . I found the story compelling and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens . . . Loved it."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"Out of It is an easy read and moves along at a satisfying pace as it covers relevant issues such as drugs, sexuality, assault, and peer pressure. Kadarusman illustrates the importance of looking beyond a person's actions and asks readers to evaluate the meaning of true friendship."

— Librarian at Belton Library, NetGalley Reviewer

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