Coming Clean

Coming Clean

by Jeff Ross
     
 

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Rob wants to be a DJ—more than anything. And when his older brother Adam lands him a gig at a local all-ages club filling in for DJ Sly, Rob is ecstatic. This could be his big break, and when he finds out that the girl of his dreams will be there that first night, it seems like it is all coming together. But things fall apart—Mary Jane overdoses on

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Rob wants to be a DJ—more than anything. And when his older brother Adam lands him a gig at a local all-ages club filling in for DJ Sly, Rob is ecstatic. This could be his big break, and when he finds out that the girl of his dreams will be there that first night, it seems like it is all coming together. But things fall apart—Mary Jane overdoses on Ecstasy provided by Adam, and DJ Sly turns Adam in and implicates Rob. The brothers end up on the run, evading the police while trying to force DJ Sly to tell the truth about the brothers' part in the death and Sly's own role in supplying drugs at the club.

Editorial Reviews

TriState YA Book Review Committee
"Written in crisp prose, with believable characters and up-to-date references, this cross between a short story and short novel will appeal to teens...Presented in a straightforward style without preachiness...Highly recommended for teen readers and especially reluctant readers."
Booklist
"Features clean prose, believable characters, current cultural landmarks (especially in the tracks Rob spins), and a powerfully sharp, abrupt ending. Even seemingly innocent choices have consequences, and the path from piano lessons to prison is not as long as many teens think it is. Ross plots that particular course with transparency and without moralizing, offering a story that will resonate well beyond the targeted reluctant readership."
CM Magazine
"A quick paced story, compelling and real. One of the most noteworthy aspects of this book is that it's about making choices, and that, even if you've made a bad choice to start, you can change course and make good ones instead...Highly Recommended."
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"Readers will appreciate the ethical dilemma [Rob] has to struggle with...While short, and simply written, Coming Clean counts as extremely effective literature."
Children's Literature - Caitlin Marineau
Tough choices and family loyalties come to the fore in this story of a drug deal gone wrong. Teenage Rob wants nothing more than to be a DJ, and thinks his big break may have come when his older brother Adam is able to get him a night on the turntable at a local club. One of Rob's classmates, Mary Jane, is found dead near the stage at the end of the night, and the cause of death is found to be an ecstasy overdose. Soon, Adam admits to Rob that he was involved in the transaction that resulted in Mary Jane's death. The decisions Rob is faced with in the aftermath are difficult, and his choices believable. The author effectively maintains the tension of the situation with his brevity, and the tone is neither judgmental nor patronizing. Aimed at teens below reading level, this novella-length work will maintain its audience's interest while offering a useful starting place for discussions of ethical dilemmas and hard decisions. Reviewer: Caitlin Marineau

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459803312
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,231,539
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
HL500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff Ross teaches English and Scriptwriting for Television and Animation at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Visit www.jeffrossbooks.com for more information.

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