Hell's Hotel

Hell's Hotel

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by Lesley Choyce
     
 

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Tara's life in Halifax is about as good as it gets--she gets top marks in her class, her parents are cool, she has a good part-time job, her boyfriend Ron edits an alternative paper.

Her life is especially good compared to her friend Janet's. Janet fights with her parents whenever she sees them, which isn't often. She spends more time begging for change on

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Tara's life in Halifax is about as good as it gets--she gets top marks in her class, her parents are cool, she has a good part-time job, her boyfriend Ron edits an alternative paper.

Her life is especially good compared to her friend Janet's. Janet fights with her parents whenever she sees them, which isn't often. She spends more time begging for change on the street and crashing at the dismal squat locals call Hell's Hotel.

Soon, however, cracks start to appear in Tara's perfect life. When Ron writes an expos on the kids who live at the Hotel, Tara is forced to question his motives. Things start falling apart, one by one: her grades slip, her friends drop her, her mom leaves town. When catastrophe hits Hell's Hotel, however, Tara and Janet find themselves relying on each other more than either expected. Together they aim to make big changes, in their city and in themselves.

Set against a gritty, inner-city background, Hell's Hotel examines the challenges teenagers face every day, in their comfortable homes and on the streets.

This book was originally published in 1984 as Dark End of Dream Street.

[Fry Reading Level - 3.3]

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Miriam Chernick
Originally published in 1984 as Dark End of Dream Street, this novel is about Tara, a Canadian teen with a perfect life—she is a good student and has good relationships with her parents and boyfriend. Meanwhile, her best friend Jenn fights with her parents so often, she would rather live on the street and sleep in an abandoned downtown building known as "Hell's Hotel." Tara is impatient with and even disparaging of Jenn until her own life begins to fall apart. Her relationship with her boyfriend fizzles and her mother moves out. Suddenly, Tara realizes she is as alone and as needy as Jenn is. Then, when Hell's Hotel catches on fire and Jenn narrowly escapes death, the girls' bond becomes deeper than either ever expected. They work together to change the City Council's policies on homelessness and, in the process, do some changing themselves. Despite a couple of slow spots, this book is worth reading for the enlightening detail about teenage life on the streets. Reviewer: Miriam Chernick
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In Hell's Hotel, Tara's friend Jenn has a troubled home life and spends most nights on the street or with undesirable boyfriends. Tara is her savior, always bailing her out of trouble. Then Tara's parents announce they are separating and, devastated, she ends up spending a night at the hangout for local street kids. It is undeniably the worst night of her life, but it brings her closer to understanding them. Then disaster strikes. The mediocre plot is only mildly interesting, and it pushes the point of the dangers of living on the street a little too hard. Still, it does shine light on an issue that many teens rarely think about. In War Games, Ryan's father is sent to Afghanistan, and Ryan is glad to get out from under his strict military rules. His new freedom gives him more of an opportunity to engage in his favorite pastime: video games. He plays at Cyberknights, a gaming café, and his game of choice is Desert Death. He becomes enamored with the ultimate Desert Death champion, Casey, who involves him with some truly bad people. At the same time he sees the risks that his father is taking in Afghanistan through the emails he receives from him. The novel's quick pace and timely subject matter will keep reluctant readers engaged.—Julianna M. Helt, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
CM Magazine
"A well-written, fast paced, entertaining book with interesting twists and turns...Recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781552776063
Publisher:
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication date:
02/15/2013
Series:
Lorimer SideStreets Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
1
Lexile:
HL590L (what's this?)
File size:
514 KB
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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".
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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