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No Problem
     

No Problem

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by Dayle Campbell Gaetz
 

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Caz 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 is 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

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Caz 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 is 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

Children's Literature
Part of the "Orca Soundings" series, this is a high interest low vocabulary novel. This fact is not advertised on the cover so readers need feel no embarrassment and may never be aware of the lower reading level. The books in the series feature teens dealing with the problems of contemporary society. This book falls victim to some of the traps of the problem novel. Attempts are made to fully develop Curt's character, but in 84 pages it's hard to do justice to a dependence on pain killers which escalates to an addiction to cocaine and eventual experimentation with crack which results in a crash while also portraying a friendship on the rocks, a new girlfriend, the struggle to live up to parental expectations and the pressure of being the star pitcher for a baseball team. Nevertheless, the drama and rapid pacing will entertain some readers. Although Gaetz deals with the thrill of a drug high, her book does not glamorize drug use. Curt is in a sorry state when his friends and family catch on and intervene. The book ends with this intervention and does not deal with rehabilitation. 2003, Orca,
— Renée Englot
CM Magazine
"'No problem' is the mantra of all addicts, and this novel shows just how insidious that denial can be...It provides that elusive 'high-interest/low level' book to recommend to students who believe 'reading sucks' because they have a hard time reading and have never finished a book. I think that they'll stick with this one. Highly recommended."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554696796
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/2003
Series:
Orca Soundings Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

She opened it and sprinkled something onto a hand mirror. A pure white powder. She divided it in half, stuck a short straw up one nostril and snorted the powder.

"Cocaine?" I asked.

"Yeah," she said, "it's way better than beer. Try some." She pushed it towards me. "Go on, it won't hurt you."

I should have said no. But I just stared at that innocent-looking white powder and said nothing.


Meet the Author

Dayle Campbell Gaetz grew up in Victoria and attended the University of Victoria. She has always loved books, both reading and writing them. Dayle now lives in Campbell River, British Columbia where, in addition to her own writing, she teaches a correspondence course on Writing for Children and Teenagers. Never knowing what idea will strike next, Dayle writes books that range from science fiction to history and from biography to mystery. For more information about Dayle, visit http://web.mac.com/gdgaetz.

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No Problem 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i thought this book was great because of the problems in this story like girlfriend issues and then he takes drugs i can relate to the girlfriend thing thats why it is a good book if you like sports teenagers stuff then i recommended this book to you