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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 128
Themes: drug abuse, baseball, addiction
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/01/2003
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 - 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  | 2004 | Commended
PSLA Top Forty  | 2003 | Short-listed


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