Tessa McPhail has a bad habit—tagging—that lands her at New Directions, an alternative school in Montreal’s toughest neighborhood. The school is far from Tessa’s home and full of troubled kids. To make matters worse, half of every school day is devoted to boxing. The other students think boxing is cool. Not Tessa, who cannot handle violence of any kind. But when a neighbor starts a petition to have New Directions closed down, Tessa discovers something worth fighting for, both in and out of the ring.
About the Author
Monique Polak has written many novels for young adults, including her historical novel What World is Left, which won the 2009 Quebec Writers' Federation Prize for Children's and Young Adult Literature. When not writing award-winning books, Monique teaches English and humanities at Marianopolis College in Montreal, Quebec. She is also an active freelance journalist.
For more information, visit moniquepolak.com.