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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 112
Themes: friends, dysfunctional families, bad influences, coming of age, car theft
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 15/Feb/2022
Fry Reading Level: 2.9
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Tyler and Mason dream of escaping to the big city and getting started on their lives.

One night, Mason convinces Tyler to help him steal a car and they are soon having the adventure of a lifetime. Until they run out of gas. Stranded on the side of the highway, Mason blames Tyler, Tyler blames Mason and their argument turns physical. Their fight is broken up by a scruffy-looking guy who offers them a ride to the city. Eventually the teens realize their rescuer is none other than Sean Dakota, a heavy-metal musician who suddenly disappeared from the spotlight the previous year. Tyler is intrigued by this music legend, but Mason wants to take advantage of him. Listening to Sean and the lessons he’s learned from his own life choices, Tyler starts to realize how dangerous and damaging his friendship with Mason is. But will he find the courage to branch out on his own?

CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Offers the reader a quick jaunt into the lives of two teenage boys…An interesting text for struggling teen readers interested in knowing how choices in life can make a difference and that toxic relationships need to end. Recommended.”
Kirkus Reviews
“It provides a variety of topics for readers to discuss…This is a strong choice for reluctant readers.”

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