Stupid

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Martin’s been diagnosed with ADHD, but he feels something about his diagnosis isn’t right. The Ritalin he’s prescribed doesn’t seem to make a difference. When Martin’s grades continue to sink no matter how hard he tries, his father writes him off as lazy and just plain stupid. His dad is convinced that Martin just needs to focus more on his studies and less on making movies.

One night while out pursuing his passion on the city streets with his camera, Martin meets Stick and is introduced to the energetic and exciting pastime of parkour—free-running. While filming Stick’s flips and tricks, Martin begins to see a connection between how his brain interprets the world, all jumbled and fast-moving and out of order, and what the free-runners see. Camera in hand, Martin sets out to make a video that will show his dad what he sees, and hopefully get him to understand that Martin’s real learning disability, dyslexia, has never been properly diagnosed.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-4594-0611-7
$9.95 $9.95
Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, High/Low, Young Adult
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lorimer & Company, Ltd.
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 208
Publication Date 2016-09-01
BISACS YAF058150, YAF059050, YAF058140
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 4.25 x 7
Lexile 570
Features Author/Illustrator biography and Teaching Guides

Author: Kim Firmston

Kim Firmston is the author of the SideStreets novels Stupid, Schizo, Hook Up, and Touch. Her books have been named Resource Links Year's Best and Best Books selections.

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Lorimer SideStreets

Edgy high/low fiction for teen reluctant readers. Each SideStreets novel deals with real-world issues and features contemporary teen characters, many from diverse backgrounds. Male and female characters face serious issues today’s teens can relate to, such as… View available downloads →