Pain & Wastings

Pain & Wastings

by Carrie Mac


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551439044
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Series: Orca Soundings Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 840,710
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Carrie Mac is an award-winning author who has moved too many times to count. For now, she lives in Pemberton, a very small town nestled in the mountains north of Vancouver. Carrie Mac's first novel The Beckoners won the Arthur Ellis YA Award, is a CLA Honour book, and is being adapted for film. She is available for school and library presentations, and has been known to hold the interest of a couple hundred teens where others have failed. Maybe it's the tattoos.

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"First dead person, kid?"John says as he pulls the ambulance into traffic.

I decide not to answer him, because I don't want to get into it. I eye Holly, but she's not answering for me. How much does she know?

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Pain & Wastings 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Ethan Mingus Kirby was born to a mother whose life became filled with heroine, poverty, and prostitution. They lived in the ghetto neighborhood at Main and Hastings, nicknamed Pain and Wastings. At the tender age of six, Ethan witnessed his mother's brutal murder. This short novel picks up after Ethan has spent years in numerous foster homes and developed a bitter attitude toward life in general. He has a run-in with the law and is given the choice of a five shift ride-along with the local paramedics or a stint in juvie. Ethan chooses the paramedic adventure, never dreaming that he will be reliving that horrible time in his past when his mother died. One of the high-interest, lower-reading level series by Orca Book Publishing, PAIN & WASTINGS is one young man's emotional journey into the past to deal with his demons. It is hoped that by doing so he can build a more successful future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pain & Wasting was intriguing and it made me feel like I was actually watching all of it happening. The way the author (Carrie Mac) put a lot of effort in making the characters believable. The way Ethan life was set up he lived in a foster home he was a rebel even though he tried to do the right thing. I loved the way the author included when Ethan actually seen his first dead person and he just stayed to himself even though he had a lot on his mind like a real teenager like myself would really enjoyed and I usually don’t like to read but this book made me want to keep reading and not put it down. The characters were good but I did not get the part when Ethan and his friend climb the tower his friend disappeared but Ethan got attacked by the police canine I did not really get that part but it was a great book in my opinion