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Contributor(s): Ferris, Jean (Author)

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ISBN: 0374404755     ISBN-13: 9780374404758
Publisher: Square Fish
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2001

Annotation: Sixteen-year old Dallas is sentenced to the Girls' Rehabilitation Center for holding up a store at gunpoint--the ultimate episode in a petty-crime spree she had undertaken. Dallas may have been prematurely labeled as bad by her father, but she is clear about her own responsibility for her sentence and insightful about the low self-esteem she and so many of her fellow delinquents share. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

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BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Law & Crime
- Young Adult Fiction | Social Themes - General (see Also Headings Under Family)
Dewey: FIC
Age Level: 14-18
Grade Level: 9-13
Lexile Measure: 730(Not Available)
Series: Aerial Fiction
Physical Information: 0.5" H x 5" W x 7.6" (0.45 lbs) 192 pages
Features: Ikids, Price on Product
Awards: California Young Reader Medal, Winner, Young Adult, 2002
Review Citations: Publishers Weekly 08/27/2001 pg. 87
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 29354
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 7.0
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Publisher Description:

Inspired by the author's work in a girls' rehabilitation center.

Ray called it skating when we did the crazy things . . . Hot-wiring a fancy car for a joyride after midnight. Boosting stuff from stores . . .

Sixteen-year-old Dallas loves the rush, the excitement of skating. But then she and her friends decide to rob a convenience store and it's Dallas who gets caught while the others get away. Since it is her first offense, she thinks her father will help her out - but when the judge says she can go home on probation her father says no, he can't control her. So the judge gives Dallas six months in the Girls' Rehabilitation Center. Once there, Dallas meets an assortment of bad girls, many of whom don't expect to change, and those who do often don't make it. How Dallas comes to terms with herself - both the bad and the good - makes for a heartfelt and insightful novel about troubled teenagers and the odds they face in trying to turn their lives around.

Contributor Bio(s): Ferris, Jean: - JEAN FERRIS is the author of many novels for young people, including Of Sound Mind, Bad, and Across the Grain, all ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in San Diego, California.
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