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My Time as Caz Hazard
By author: Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Selling Points: bullying, suicide, learning disabilities
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2004
Lexile Level: HL700L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Pages: 128
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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Dodie Dunstan died last night," she said.
Strangely, my first thought was that Dodie had a last name. Other than Doorknob, that is. Was that how you talked about a dead person? You used her full name?
Ms. Samuels' voice caught, but she continued. "The police don't suspect foul play."
"That means what?" I asked, confused.
"She offed herself. Suicide," Jaz said, turning his intense stare in my direction for the first time all morning. He pursed his lips, considering. "She seems like the pill type to me. She wouldn't want to see blood.

Caz thinks she has a pretty good reason when she punches her boyfriend in the face, but she gets expelled anyway. Moving to a new school, she is told she is dyslexic and sent to special education classes. Caz tries to fit in and get by while suffering the taunts and abuse that others throw at the students in her class. Her friendship with Amanda leads her into new territory—shoplifting and skipping school. Coupled with her parents' impending separation, her life is spiraling out of control.
WASHYARG - April 1, 2007
"Will definitely ring bells with the hi-lo crowd...[Kyi's] books seem to hit their mark and are popular."
School Library Journal - March 1, 2005
"Kyi paints a situation common to our culture: adolescents struggling to find their identity with imperfect adult examples. Readers will easily identify with the opposing forces Caz faces as she tries to make sense of her life. A compelling contemporary story."
Hi-Rise - February 1, 2005
"Slim and easy to read, yet still convincing and deep, and offering a note of hopefulness...Highly recommended."
Canadian Book Review Annual - January 1, 2005
"This short novel features plenty of action and lively dialogue."
CM Magazine - December 10, 2004
"Offer[s] some very realistic situations teens deal with every day and could be used to jump-start more than a few critical discussions. Highly recommended."


CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended  CA  2005


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