Dark End of Dream Street

by Lesley Choyce

Tara's got it made - good grades, cool parent's, a weekend job, and a boyfriend, Ron. Then, quite suddenly, many of the pieces of her perfect life start to crumble, including her stable, happy home.
Tara's got it made - good grades, cool parent's, a weekend job, and a boyfriend, Ron. Then there's her friend Janet who lives on the street when she can't get on with her parents. Along with other street kids, Janet panhandles for money and spends nights at an abandonned building called Hell's Hotel. Ron wants the world to know that it's adults who force the kids on to the streets - parents, teachers, police - and he asks Tara to help him publish his opinions in his alternative newspaper, The Rage. As Ron confronts authority, Tara begins to question his motives. Then, quite suddenly, many of the pieces of her perfect life start to crumble, including her stable, happy home. Her grades slip, her friends desert her and her mother leaves town. Where will Tara turn for help.

About the Author

Lesley Choyce

LESLEY CHOYCE is a novelist and poet living at Lawrencetown Beach in Nova Scotia. A former grand champion of the Men's Open Canadian National Surfing Championships, he surfs on the Atlantic coast year-round, along with running a literary publishing house and teaching English at Dalhousie University. He also has a regular nationally-broadcast program on Vision TV called Off the Page with Lesley Choyce. He is the author of more than fifty books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for adults and children, including Carrie's Crowd and Go For It Carrie. His writing has earned him several awards, including two Dartmouth Book Awards and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for the Young Adult novel Good Idea Gone Bad. Five of his previous Formac novels have received the Canadian Children's Book Centre's "Our Choice" Award. The Ottawa Citizen calls him "a national treasure."

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