- Series: Lorimer SideStreets
- Imprint: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
- Publication Date: 22 August 2016
- Copyright Year: 2016
- ISBN: 9781459411524
- Page Count: 168
- Dimensions: 5.3" x 7.5"
- Interest ages: 13-18
- Reading level: Grade 3
by John Choi
Emerson Yeung seems to have every reason to be happy-- he gets good marks, has some friends, and has a part time job at his parents' dry cleaning business. But Emerson has been hiding something. The pressure to be the perfect son put on him by his parents that sometimes escalates into abuse from his father. This has led to a depression that leaves him roaming the city in the middle of the night.
When his phone is stolen and used to post racist threats toward the vice principal and a teacher at his school, Emerson gets suspended and is investigated by the police. Not seeing any way out of his situation, he plans to commit suicide. But Emerson manages to find help and to gain the strength he needs to deal with his life.
This novel is a realistic look at how a responsible teen can feel overwhelmed by life's pressures --and how personal and family tragedy can be averted.
About the Author
JOHN CHOI lives in Toronto where he has worked as a child and youth mental health professional for over twenty years. Dark Side is his first novel.
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to choose novels in the SideStreets series as well as (b) a choice of response activities
that offer students opportunities to make sense of what they have read in a variety of
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