Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
Legalizing weed doesn’t mean that living on a secret, family-run grow-op is easy, especially when your new girlfriend turns out to be the daughter of a cop.
Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret.
It’s no time to fall in love with the daughter of a cop.
Isaac’s girlfriend Sam is unpredictable, ambitious and needy. And as his final year of high school comes to an end, she makes him consider a new kind of life pursuing his interest in art, even if that means leaving behind his beloved home in the Rockies and severing all ties with his family.
For a while he hopes he can have it all, until a disastrous graduation night, when Sam’s desperate grab for her father’s attention suddenly puts his entire family at risk.
Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.
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.
Excerpt: Prince of Pot (by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi)
Waterfall plus girl. That’s apparently what it takes for me to forget where and how I live.
A low, phlegmy grunt reminds me.
“Is that what I think it is?” Sam asks, her voice turned raspy. Then she starts whistling. She manages a few notes before she’s all air and no sound.
I know the feeling. It’s hard to whistle when your mouth’s gone dry as a creek bed in August.
That sound was a bear, all right. It was Hazel. I can tell before I catch a glimpse of her cinnamon-speckled fur.
She’s going to ruin my perfect hour.
When I push open the door, I startle them all.
There’s an insistent knot in my gut.
“I ran into a hitchhiker by the highway.”
Dad’s eyes narrow.
“And?” he asks.
We just had our biggest fight ever, but he trusts my judgment. With that one word, he’s relying on me to make the call.
“We have a problem.”
An engaging story set in an atypical locale that will universally appeal to teens.
School Library Journal
This truly immersive story … perfectly captures the classic warring emotions of late adolescence.
The story is absorbing and full of ethical issues for a teen discussion.(...)Prince of Pot's fast pace and narrative fluency, combined with an interesting setting and relationships, make for a successful tale.
Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Based on the true story of a fearless ninja and her network of female spies
Eyes and Spies
How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know
When the Worst Happens
Extraordinary Stories of Survival
50 Body Questions
A Book That Spills Its Guts
Anywhere but Here
La otra vida de Caz
(My Time as Caz Hazard)
Lowdown on Denim, The
50 Underwear Questions
A Bare-All History