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Selling Points: drugs, death, group homes, relationships, adolescence, friendship, loss
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/26/2016
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Fiction Ages 12+
Josh’s mother always had issues—with drugs and just getting by. And Josh has always been the one who kept them together. But when his mom dies, he really is on his own and must find a way to look after himself. On his way to his mother’s funeral he meets Lindsay, a cute girl who flirts with him but then steals his wallet. When he confronts her and tells her where he is going, she apologizes, returns his wallet and convinces Josh to let her accompany him to the funeral. So begins a complex relationship that changes both of their lives forever.
School Library Connection - August 8, 2016
"This is definitely recommended for any classroom of library serving reluctant, struggling readers."
CM Magazine - June 10, 2016
"Choyce hooks the reader into the complex lives of the book's characters and the complexities of life that they encounter. Choyce does a great job in illustrating the intense emotions of youth and the intricate scams that were pulled off by Lindsay...Recommended."
VOYA Magazine - March 1, 2016
"Scam underscore[s] the importance of really knowing and acting on your values, as well as knowing the beliefs of the people you call friends."
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, commended
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