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Riot School

By Robert Rayner

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Series: Lorimer SideStreets

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In the middle of the night, five teens break into a small-town high school to protest the decision to close the school and move them to a big city school. Led by Bilan, whose experience with the Arab Spring fired a passion to peacefully fight against injustice, the Gang of Five occupy their old school. The local police chief and the town quietly cheer them on. When the school board calls in a security firm to break up their occupation using any means necessary, including force, the Five have to decide how far they will go to show their outrage at having no control over decisions that affect their lives.

"This text includes a diversity of characters that are brought together for the common purpose of protesting injustice. The novel is divided by character perspectives and, therefore, allows some latitude in the writing. The novel has notes of the film Breakfast Club though with very sharp edges. The content would be suitable for upper grades and relies on the reader to suspend disbelief as the story closes.

The strongest part of Riot School is the author's illustration of the volatile world of teenage hormones and angst. Writing to encourage student voice is admirable and necessary..."

- Penta Ledger, CM Magazine

"Works nicely as a hi-lo, with an engaging set of diverse characters, a quick-moving plot, and a realistic if somewhat unsatisfying ending."

- Carlyn Morenus, Librarian, Netgalley

"Extremely well written, I found myself rooting for the "Gang of five" to overcome the petty ideas that so many people think are the right ones. Pertinent and brave, excellent writing."

- Tina Avon, Netgalley Reviewer

"The book was really awesome with a unique and captivating plot, strong characters and well delivered mystery. I really hope for a sequel. I loved it and would recommend it to everyone."

- Rubina Bashir, Netgalley Reviewer

"I thought this book was very clever in the way it used the students stand in at a school in Canada and compared it with the Arab uprising... I would recommend this book as an excellent read especially for the teenage and young adult group as it will show them an alternative to all the anger and rebellion which is too often on the news."

- Deborah Mika, Netgalley Reviewer

"The book is easy to read, it's suitable for both teenagers and those who are learning English… The gang is made up of very different characters, which allows every type of reader to identify with the story."

- Simona Taborro, Educator, Netgalley Reviewer

"A solid and thoughtful entry in the Lorimer Sidestreets series."

- Faith Shergold, Librarian, Netgalley Reviewer

"As with the other Sidestreets books, it's short and straightforward making it easily recommendable to tweens and reluctant readers with the content and characters that even older teens can enjoy it."

- Brooke Banks, NetGalley Review

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 184 pages
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411678
Format: 7.5in x 5.25in

Binding: Electronic book text, 184 pages
Publication Date: 22nd August 2016
ISBN: 9781459411685
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  YAF014000, YAF054000
Imprint: Lorimer

Interest age: From 13 To 18
Fry Reading Level [grade]: 3.9
Lexile Reading Level: 700L


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  • Page-turning novels that engage reluctant readers
  • Presenting real-world issues in real ways
  • Award-winning, knowledgeable authors
  • Diverse characters and settings

"Sensitive and effective, these small, short books are explicitly aimed at reluctant readers." —Kirkus Reviews

"The quality of writing is excellent, and this book should be in every junior and senior- high school library...highly recommended."
—Canadian Book Review Annual

Sidestreets are edgy, fast-paced novels, that combine real-world themes and believable characters to make for short heart-stopping books - sure to engage the most reluctant reader.