Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 14 to 18
- Grade: 9 to 12
- Reading age: 7 to 10
If there's one person Jacob is never going to be like, it's his alcoholic father. But Jacob is brought face-to-face with his own addictions when his father ends up in the hospital. Certain that he can easily overcome his drug and alcohol abuse, Jacob discovers just how powerful
dependency can be. A terrible tragedy takes Jacob to the breaking point where he will have to decide, once and for all, whether or not he is going to go through life wasted. [Fry Reading Level - 5.5
About the author
BRENT R. SHERRARD is the author of the Lorimer SideStreets novels Fight Boy, Final Takedown, and Wasted, the latter two of which received commendations from the Canadian Children's Book Centre. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Miramachi, New Brunswick.
- Commended, Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
"What about the legality -- and morality -- of growing marijuana for sale? Should a murder go unpunished? One hopes readers will be inspired to discuss these issues, especially in the context of the well-realized bleakness of Jacobs life and those of his friends."
Booklist Online (US)
Wasted (SideStreets)If there’s one person Jacob is never going to be like, it’s his alcoholic father. But Jacob is brought face-to-face with his own addictions when his father ends up in the hospital. It takes a terrible tragedy to make him realize just how powerful dependency can be and that he must not waste his life.
Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.