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Sketches Kindle Edition
|Length: 252 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 12 and up||Grade Level: 7 and up|
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Penguin Group Canada|April 3, 2007|Mass Market Paperbound|ISBN: 978-0-14-331254-3
Dana met Brent and Ashley when she first arrived in town, a scared runaway with nowhere to go. The three of them are like family: they take care of each other; they share the money they beg, borrow, and steal; and they protect each other from the more ruthless street people they come upon. Still, life is lived day-to-day. It's hard to think about tomorrow when you've got no money, no food, and no place to live. And as for the past...well, that's what they ran away from. It's what all of them - and especially Dana - are trying hard to forget.
Eric Walter's new novel is a gritty, gripping tale of street kids, an unblinking portrait of what it means to live on the streets and, more importantly, what it takes to find the way off.
Dana, Ashley, and Brent were panhandling for money near the subway station. So far, Dana had $11.00; Ashley had $5.00; and Brent had less than $2.00. The three of them were street kids and homeless. Dana had only been on the streets for three weeks after running away from home. Home for Dana was 30 miles away and she wouldn't return there as long as her stepfather lived in the home. Dana had gone to the bank machine to get $40.00 to buy some breakfast but when she returned later she couldn't access her account. Her stepfather had her card cut-off which ticked her to no end because she had $600.00 in babysitting money in her account and she couldn't get at it. She admitted that she didn't see her stepfather pulling that stunt but then thought that was his way of gaining control.
When she first met Ashley, Dana was a little afraid but once they chatted for a while she realized she was cool.Read more ›
Sexual abuse at the hands of her mother's second husband caused Dana to begin acting out in school and at home. When her mother didn't pick up on the clues, Dana decided the only answer was to leave. Fortunately, Brent and Ashley, experienced street kids, were there to pick up the pieces. Brent has issues that forced him to leave home hoping to find some answers, and Ashley's mother, an exotic dancer, acted more like a sister than a mother. Together these three panhandle and squeegee car windows, hoping to earn enough money to eat and occasionally sleep somewhere with shower facilities.
Things begin to look up when Dana stumbles across a place called Sketches. It is an organization with the goal of providing a creative outlet for street kids. Dana's artistic talents shine through some random graffiti work, and she is noticed by one of the counselors at Sketches. The place offers food and good, solid advice, as well as art supplies and a safe place to create. Once Dana and her two friends get involved at Sketches, they see the possibility of improving their lives.
Rich with details about life on the streets, SKETCHES is an emotional story of desperate kids taking action to regain control of their shattered lives. Eric Walters includes both the harsh reality of homeless living and just the right amount of hope to make SKETCHES a book that will speak to teens everywhere.
Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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