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Paperback | February 14, 2010

byWendy Phillips

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Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the poems of 4 unforgettable high school students.High School. Four lives caught up in a game. The problem with games like this is that there may be winners, but there are always losers.Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the poems of four unforgettable high school students: Natalie, Kyle, Tricia, Miguel. Their stories unfold in this explosive new book, told in free verse. A story of teen angst like no other, it is based on fictional characters but is rooted in the realities of the teen experience.When Natalie moves to a new high school she befriends 3 unwitting victims into her spider-web of manipulations, lies and deceit. Through the poetry and assignments of an English class we glimpse the world of the 4 teens. Natalie, whose alcoholic parents, years of neglect and ultimate rape by her father's friend has shaped her into a cruel and manipulative teen; Tricia, dealing with her blended family is drawn into Natalies's forbidden world of partying and rebellion; Kyle, a would-be musician is in love with Tricia and Miguel who lusts for Natalie while hiding the secrets of his family.The story weaves us through their poetry, their lives and culminates at a party where the four lives fishtail out of control.English class will never be the same.

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Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the poems of 4 unforgettable high school students.High School. Four lives caught up in a game. The problem with games like this is that there may be winners, but there are always losers.Teen violence, bullying and the burning quest to fit in are presented in the p...

Wendy began her first novel at the age of 11, climbing the hills behind her hometown of Kamloops, B.C. to scribble in notebooks. Her love for words has led her into jobs as a journalist, a bookbinder, an English teacher and a high-school teacher-librarian. She holds degrees in Journalism, English, Education and Children's Literature. S...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:200 pages, 8.03 × 5.17 × 0.48 inPublished:February 14, 2010Publisher:Coteau BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550504118

ISBN - 13:9781550504118

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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