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Series: Gravel Road   

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Annotation: TJ returns to live with his mother, who has stopped using drugs, after two years in a loving home, and finds that he can't escape the seedy environment of his hometown or past debts still owed.
Catalog Number: #5250523
Format: Paperback
Also available as Perma-Bound: 60125
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Pages: 197 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-616-51792-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-616-51792-2
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 18 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
Starred Review ALA Booklist
Kirkus Reviews
ALA/YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
School Library Journal (Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 CST 2012)
Word Count: 25,923
Reading Level: 3.2
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.2 / points: 3.0 / quiz: 149803 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:9.0 / quiz:Q58833
Lexile: HL400L

Sometimes we find ourselves on a gravel road, not sure of how we got there or where the road leads. Low-level teen fiction tackling tough and gritty topics like foster care, rape, teen pregnancy and more. Series contains a silver medal winner for the Independent Publishers Book Award. Each eBookl is approximately 200-pages. Lexile Levels: 390 to 400. After two years in a loving home, TJ's mother got him back. She was clean. No pot. No meth. His chest felt like it was burning. His heart was racing. Trapped. He felt trapped. He didn't have a say. Everything he had come to care about would be gone: Miss Dixie, hot meals, friends, Mae's little hand, and Annabelle. And the brutal life he'd escaped quickly reclaimed him. Kaden Cruz didn't run after him. Instead his voice boomed, "You owe us." TJ didn't look back. But he knew this wasn't the end of Kaden Cruz. He could still hear his father's voice. "It's not free. You'll have to pay them back one day." Silver medal winner of an Independent Publishers Book Award.