Push Back

From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Sixteen-year-old Zaine Wyatt’s mother walked out of his life when he was twelve, and he was kicked out of his aunt’s house. After living on the streets and getting badly beaten up, he is back at his aunt’s, but is angry and uncertain that he has a permanent place to live. When his mother breaks another promise to take him back, he flees and trashes a storage shed, injuring the owner as he runs away.

To try to get the charges dropped, Zaine agrees to participate in a restorative justice program. He has to fix the damage, help out the owner and his disabled grandson, while avoiding being recruited to a gang.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Category SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2020
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 184
Publication Date 2019-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF029000, YAF058130, YAF058020
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 600
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Author: Karen Spafford-Fitz

Karen Spafford-Fitz is the author of five books for children and teens, including the Lorimer SideStreets novels Push Back and Saving Grad, both named Resource Links Magazine's Year's Best.

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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 →


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