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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 136
Themes: homelessness, dogs, panhandling, high school, resolutions, survival
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/10/2013
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
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Just when sixteen-year-old Cameron thinks he's going to straighten out his troubled life, his parents break up and he ends up living on the street with his dog, Ozzie. He meets a girl named Mackenzie, who has been sleeping in a pup tent in the park. With her help, he tries to survive on the street and continue with school, despite the new challenges in his life.

Finding a safe place for them to crash at night is difficult, and panhandling for money isn't as easy as it looks. Cameron learns that Mackenzie has her own emotional baggage to deal with, and life for a kid with a dog and no home gets even more challenging. After Mackenzie gets into some real trouble, Cameron realizes he needs to come up with a realistic solution if they are going to survive the turbulence.

Resource Links - October 1, 2013
"Crash shows that there is still more to say about modern life."
CM Magazine - September 6, 2013
"A picture of a stubborn, self-aware, highly intelligent teen who has fallen on hard times. Particularly engrossing are his struggles to survive and his shame at having to panhandle...This short novel packs a lot of thought-provoking and character development in a small package, and the ending is far from a “happy” one, leaving the door open to much curiosity of what might happen next."

Awards

Resource Links "The Year's Best"  | 2013 | Commended
CCBC Best Books  | 2014 | Commended

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