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After fleeing her suburban home, 15-year-old Dana struggles to survive in the alleys, squats, and subway stations of downtown Toronto. Dana and her two friends, seasoned street kids Brent and Ashley, must contend with turf wars, thugs, hunger, and the daily battle of life on the streets.When Dana’s graffiti on an underpass catches the eye of a counsellor at Sketches, a drop-in centre for homeless teens, Dana discovers a haven where she can express herself through art. As she works on a self-portrait, Dana begins to confront the reason she left home. The truth of what her stepfather did to her is trying to surface, but will it come out through her paintbrush or the blade of a knife?
This gritty, honest portrayal of street life from acclaimed author Eric Walters is a testament to the healing power of art.
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Eric Walters has written over forty novels. He lives in Ontario, Canada.From Booklist:
Fourteen-year-old Dana has been homeless and on the run in Toronto for almost a month when she discovers Sketches, a street-front drop-in art center for homeless youth. On the streets, she and her newfound friends Ashley and Brent have battled rain, cold, hunger, and other, dangerous homeless youths in an attempt to escape their painful pasts. Each day brings begging and humiliation, stale doughnuts from a dumpster, and the goal of a warm shower to wash away the grime and, for a moment, the fear. But at Sketches, Dana learns ways to earn money through her artistic talent, rather than begging, and she slowly convinces Ashley and Brent that they, too, can find legal, sustaining, soul-affirming paths to survival. With a setting modeled after the real Toronto nonprofit Sketch, Sketches is a didactic, yet realistic look at teen homelessness and the reasons it exists. Grades 7-10. --Frances Bradburn
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Book Description Viking Juvenile, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0670062944
Book Description Viking Juvenile, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0670062944