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My Time as Caz Hazard

My Time as Caz Hazard

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by Tanya Lloyd Kyi

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Caz thinks she has a pretty good reason when she punches her boyfriend in the face, but she gets expelled anyway. Moving to a new school, she is told she is dyslexic and sent to special education classes. Caz tries to fit in and get by while suffering the taunts and abuse that others throw at the students in her class. Her friendship with Amanda leads her into new


Caz thinks she has a pretty good reason when she punches her boyfriend in the face, but she gets expelled anyway. Moving to a new school, she is told she is dyslexic and sent to special education classes. Caz tries to fit in and get by while suffering the taunts and abuse that others throw at the students in her class. Her friendship with Amanda leads her into new territory—shoplifting and skipping school. Coupled with her parents' impending separation, her life is spiraling out of control.

Editorial Reviews

"Will definitely ring bells with the hi-lo crowd...[Kyi's] books seem to hit their mark and are popular."
Canadian Book Review Annual
"This short novel features plenty of action and lively dialogue."
"Slim and easy to read, yet still convincing and deep, and offering a note of hopefulness...Highly recommended."
CM Magazine
"Offer[s] some very realistic situations teens deal with every day and could be used to jump-start more than a few critical discussions. Highly recommended."
The Canadian-based Orca Soundings series fulfills the wishes of countless librarians and teachers by providing well-written, relevant stories geared toward lower level readers. These slender books are an easy sell with their colorful, teen-savvy covers and edgy titles. A broad range of topics and viewpoints allow readers plenty of choices for individual reading preferences, as demonstrated by four recent additions. My Time as Caz Hazard is the story of Caz, a teenage girl who finds herself transferred to a new school at the beginning of her junior year. She is also placed in a remedial reading class, where she is simultaneously embarrassed over her new "special-ed" designation and relieved to have help with her academic struggles. She finds herself changing under the stress of the new situation and problems at home and does not entirely like the person she is becoming. Dialogue is sharp, and the plot moves quickly, although as with many books in this series, character development is fairly breezy. There are eighteen previous books in the series. Most are suitable for middle school through high school readers. There are many reasons why teens find themselves uninterested in reading, but these books are great tools for luring them back. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Orca, 103p., Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18.
—Diane Emge
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-Punching out her so-called boyfriend for sleeping with another girl seemed like a good idea at the time, but Caz Hallard finds herself in a special-education class in a new school after being suspended from her old one. Tests indicate that she is dyslexic, which her super-perfect mother refuses to accept. Caz's disgrace exacerbates her parents' already rocky relationship, and she finds herself seesawing between them and frustrated by both. As her parents' marriage falls apart, Caz is drawn more and more to Amanda, a world-weary rebel. Trying to find a balance in a world gone awry, she tries to protect her brilliant younger brother from becoming their parents' pawn. She loses touch with Mel, a stabilizing influence in her chaotic life. Caz knows she cannot bring herself to tell her old friend of her new exploits with Amanda: shoplifting and teasing Dodie Dunstan, a particularly vulnerable classmate. After Dodie commits suicide, Caz finds herself shocked to her senses, but it isn't easy to face up to the wrongs she's committed. Kyi paints a situation common to our culture: adolescents struggling to find their identity with imperfect adult examples. Readers will easily identify with the opposing forces Caz faces as she tries to make sense of her life. A compelling contemporary story for low-skill/reluctant readers.-Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Orca Book Publishers
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Orca Soundings Series
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Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)
HL700L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Dodie Dunstan died last night," she said.

Strangely, my first thought was that Dodie had a last name. Other than Doorknob, that is. Was that how you talked about a dead person? You used her full name?

Ms. Samuels' voice caught, but she continued. "The police don't suspect foul play."

"That means what?" I asked, confused.

"She offed herself. Suicide," Jaz said, turning his intense stare in my direction for the first time all morning. He pursed his lips, considering. "She seems like the pill type to me. She wouldn't want to see blood.

Meet the Author

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is a freelance graphic designer and writer. She grew up in Creston, British Columbia, but now lives in Vancouver. For more information, visit www.tanyalloydkyi.com.

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My Time As Caz Hazard 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just gonna guess your name is Caz. Caz, you don' t really need a.... 10th opinion? You're getting told the same thing every time, in a nutshell. Just ask her. You're young, it n't hurt the rest of your life. Sure, getting dropped hurts, but if she rejects you you also know that you've found the time to move on. One the other hand, if she says yes, be yourself. Don't listen to those trying to change your personality. If she likes you, she likes YOU for YOU not for a person you may want to be. So I say just do it. It may be scary and heartwrenching, but as was said below, a lot can happen in twenty second of your life. ~ Emris
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok. Dude, just take a deep breath. Breathe. Try to remember it's just drama. It's part of what makes life the way it is; good and bad. Think. Is this really going to change your life if you are accepted/rejected by a girl in what, middle school? Chances are you're not gonna get married. Chances are good that you will have heartbreaks and happiness, but, again, that's part of life. If you want to ask her out, go ahead. Just remember, whatever happens, it could be so much worse. If this is the worst part of your life, you have a good life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a advice giver. First,, to ask her out what: what i did when i needed to was u did it clasically. I gave her a shell with the words written in sharpie" will you go out with me?" She answered with yes! BTW whats your name?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, yeah! I don't quite know about other girls, but l just like a guy to be sweet. Don't push yourself to hard on her, especially if he is a friend. The best thing you can do is just get to know her more, like they said, it could be just sitting next to her or starting some conversations. Try not to make things awkward with your guy friend either, it will put all of you it a tight spot and make her stressed. If it doesn't work out, hey, it wasn't meant to be. Hoped it helped, even a little bit! <br> ~Shay
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey, you know, most of these peeps (or all of them) are girls. And your question depends on what kind of girl she is. And I've been looking for a guy to ask a question of my own problem. But, this is out you. First, just look like a fun guy. Laugh, even when she's not with you. Just say he funniest stuff. That's what gets me. A crazy, funny, stupid boy. But most of the time, it takes a couple relationships to find a true one. Gosh, I sound so inspirational. Geez. Honestly, I'm a hater. Yeah. I've been asked if I'm a goth, or if I'm emo. No. That's just how I dress. If she wears floral sh<_> it, and wakes up hours early just to curl her hair, she probably wants a big, strong, bad a<_>ss, se<_>xist guy. Me for one, I like those that are fun. That's all. The ones that actually bother to talk to me. I wish i knew what went threw a boys head, just to get an idea of what they think of girls. What does she look like? You should answer that, and talk to me. How does she dress? I can tell a lot about girls by their appearance. You should find out who she likes, and get her to admit it. Or, tell your friends to dare her to ask you out in a game of Truth or Dare. I say that's a good option. Ask for help! Reply to Violet. &#9818
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(First of all, I'm a girl.) If she doesn't hate you, (she doesn't. Like never talk to you avoid, you...) she will be flattered you asked. Ask her out before your friend does, because if you don't she will be asked out by him, she may not like him, but after a while she will. If you ask her out she might be a little iffy, but make her like you. Also girls find it so nerve racking when a boy is a chicken! Any way some ways to make a girl like you...<p> 1. Be sweet. Tell her (or drop a hint) that you love her at lest every other week. Don't do it to much though.<p> 2. Don't make her do things she doesn't want to. Say you want a kiss. Drop a hint, don't tell her to do it. If she says she's uncomfey, thats fine. Its not you. (Don't do this untill after about a month you've been going out.)<p> 3. Complement her and agree with her often<p> Hope this has helped!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok this may be hard but you have to man up and tell the girl straight up. I like you and you gotta figure out what you gonna do with your real friend. And if you are to shy to tell her straight up you gotta give her little hints like touching(around the shoulders slightly but be sure that it looks accidently) or running onto her but the reason why you are in this situatuon is because you are afraid what she might say. But she may or may not i was ib the same situation and i got out of it by doing this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Try spending some time with her. If she gives unhappy noises, expressions, etc., then she probably doesn't like you back and doesn't want you anywhere near her. If she doesn't have any expression, spend some more time with her (l'm talking about the sitting-near-her-at-lunch kind of spending time with her). If she seems to enjoy your company, than maybe it's a go! If any of the later two are such as the case, flirt a LITTLE. If she flirts back, she probably likes you, or thinks you're cute. I wouldn't ask her out unless you are defiantly sure she likes you back. Wouldn't it be really awkward if you asked her out and she rejected? (I AM a girl, however, but this is based off of what l think would be best). (POST!!!) <br> ~Jay0212
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved this girl for 4-5 years, and I really want to ask her out. But I've been too shy and afraid because my "friend" told her one day and it's been really awkward since. But here's more bad news: I just found out that my friend really likes her too. Not the "friend". A real friend. And what's even worse is that he is supposedly very athletic, smart, and is in the same class with her and he doesn't feel weird around her or whatever. AND this other girl is trying to create chaos and also trying to convince my friend to ask her out. Soooo... please really help me. You guys seem to always know the right answer, BUT.. if make it reasonable. For example: if you tell me to ask her out, explain why! Because it's really not that simple!!! So please help me.
Zoe Everettt More than 1 year ago
Enough said....