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From the Series Lorimer SideStreets

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Seventeen-year-old Ana Santos has ambitions to make it big in music. When she signs a contract with the owner of a music café, she has no idea there are sexual strings attached. This book looks at the darker side of the music industry, including sexual harassment, lyrics that degrade and demean women, and social media trolling as backlash for speaking up. Ana is a strong, realistic main character who overcomes her feelings of shame to find a voice for herself and her music. The #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence of sexual assault in society, and an issue that also affects the lives of teen girls.

Distributed in the U.S by Lerner Publishing Group

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre High/Low, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2021
Publisher James Lorimer and Company Ltd., Publishers
Imprint Lorimer Children & Teens
Language English
Number of Pages 160
Publication Date 2021-08-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF058240, YAF047030, YAF058160
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.25 x 7.5
Lexile 550
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Jennifer Manuel

Jennifer Manuel teaches elementary and high school. She was the 2017 winner of the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was named "A Writer to Watch" by the CBC in 2016.

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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 →


School Library Journal

“Highlighting the important and under-discussed issue of grooming against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, this novel deftly deals with a difficult and timely topic. Highly recommended for high school hi-lo collections.”—starred, School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Though the story is engaging for reluctant readers, the way red flags and warning signs of predatory behavior are woven through the narrative is its greatest strength . . . An absorbing #MeToo story that will increase awareness.”—Kirkus Reviews