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Tag Along
By author: Tom Ryan
Selling Points: friendship, randomness, bonding, sexuality, loyalty, integrity, LGBTQ
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2013
Pages: 208
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $12.95
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It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours.
School Library Journal - January 1, 2014
"In this The Breakfast Club­-esque novel, four teens with little in common find their destinies intertwined on the night of their junior prom...Readers will enjoy this feel-good story."
VOYA - October 1, 2013
"A quick read with some of the antics being laugh-out-loud funny. Most teens will identify with one of the main characters, though they each have their quirks. This could also spark discussions about loyalty, friendship, and being true to yourself."
CM Magazine - October 1, 2013
"Ryan must be given lots of points for style...Junior high teachers who put this fun and entertaining novel in the hands of reluctant and struggling readers are sure to be thanked by their students."
Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"A novel of rites of passage, experience, and teenage angst, Tag Along captures the teen audience with well-written narrative, rich with emotion and spicy with the complications of life. The story is a page-turner with humour, angst, anger and joy breathing life through the momentous events of the evening. Truly entertaining and delightful. Highly recommended for leisure reading."
Kirkus Reviews - September 15, 2013
"It’s prom night, and four teens’ plans for the evening are about to get hijacked...They all manage to meet, get connected and ultimately have a prom night that is far more memorable than their original plans. Ryan never goes over the top as he unfurls the story, alternating the voices of the four teens, but exciting events occur, and the gradual jelling of the group is completely believable. A regular kid’s prom, minus the limo but with enough drama to satisfy."


OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention, commended  CA  2013
Rainbow Top Ten list, commended  CA  2013
Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2013
CCBC Best Books, short-listed  CA  2014
Stellar Award nominee, commended  CA  2014
White Pine Award nominee, short-listed  CA  2014

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