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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: drug abuse, baseball, addiction
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Jan/2003
Lexile Level: HL390L
Fry Reading Level: 2.2
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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
"'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."

Awards

CCBC Our Choice  | 2004 | Commended
PSLA Top Forty  | 2003 | Short-listed

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Contemporary stories

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