Selling Points: drug abuse, baseball, addiction
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Jan/01/2003
Lexile Level: HL390L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
Fiction Ages 12+
She opened it and sprinkled something onto a hand mirror. A pure white powder. She divided it in half, stuck a short straw up one nostril and snorted the powder.
"Cocaine?" I asked.
"Yeah," she said, "it's way better than beer. Try some." She pushed it towards me. "Go on, it won't hurt you."
I should have said no. But I just stared at that innocent-looking white powder and said nothing.
Curt seems to have it all—a girlfriend, friends, a good summer job and a guaranteed position on the baseball team with the promise of a professional career. Then, one misstep causes his world to unravel and his life to plummet into the depths of depression and addiction. A bleak yet ultimately hopeful story about one teen's struggle with the pressures of growing up, fitting in and getting by.
CM Magazine - April 25, 2003
"'No problem' is the mantra of all addicts, and this novel shows just how insidious that denial can be...It provides that elusive 'high-interest/low level' book to recommend to students who believe 'reading sucks' because they have a hard time reading and have never finished a book. I think that they'll stick with this one. Highly recommended."
CCBC Our Choice, commended
PSLA Top Forty, short-listed
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