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VOYADylan has theories about everything. Taking refuge in a library, he finds a book about Einstein, who like Dylan had theories. Dylan is a throwaway. His unstable mother kicked him out with nowhere to go. Life on the streets was all that was left. So he panhandles. He tries to avoid Vulture and his minions who prey on the weak and helpless. He tries to get by. He makes friends with runaway Jenna, sexually abused by her father; Twitch, who will do anything for a fix and a warm place to sleep; and Amber, pregnant and turning tricks to survive. He looks for his grandparents, runs into his long-lost father, tries to salvage Christmas for his two brothers, and ends up back on the street. Ainsley at the drop-in center and Glen try to help the kids. Dylan struggles, but he seems to have more determination than most. He just might make it. This gritty, slice-of-life novel from Canada is a page-turner. It will captivate both male and female readers. Characters are presented realistically, with no sugarcoating, as fully realized people. In Dylan, readers find a protagonist with innate goodness and beauty thrust into a dark and dangerous world. He is perceptive and resourceful, not willing to knuckle under to the bad hand that life dealt him. The language, although coarse at times, is for the most part appropriate to the situations. The novel is sure to be a hit with teens everywhere. Order multiple copies. You will need them. VOYA CODES: 4Q 5P S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Every YA (who reads) was dying to read it yesterday; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Henry Holt, 231p., Ages 15 to 18.