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Reading Level: 3-4 • Interest Level: 9-12

Fifteen and Change

Author: Max Howard
Specs: 5 1/2” x 8 1/4” • 200 pp. • Written in verse, Excerpt from similar verse book, Suggestions for further reading, About the Author, Hi-lo text
HC ed.: 978-1-5383-8260-8 • $25.80 | $19.40
eBook: 978-1-5383-8330-8 • $25.80 | $19.40
Pbk. ed.: 978-1-5383-8259-2 • $16.35 | $14.20
Zeke would love to be invisible. His mother is struggling to make ends meet and stuck with a no-good boyfriend. Zeke knows he and his mom will be stuck forever if he doesn't find some money fast. When Zeke starts working at a local pizza place, he meets labor activists who want to give him a voice–and the living wage he deserves for his work. Zeke has to decide between living the quiet life he's carved for himself and raising his voice for justice.
“Page-long free-verse poems evocatively describe Zeke’s experiences and quickly propel the story forward…Readers will easily sympathize with the all-too-true-to-life situations with which the characters are coping…This novel has many appealing aspects that will draw readers in.” —Kirkus
“This novel in verse has a sense of urgency. Short poems provide readers with snapshots of life in poverty, loneliness in high school, and the unfair treatment of fast food employees by management.” —School Library Journal

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About the Author:
Max Howard loves woods and words and finds them both in books. Max has worked lots of day jobs including pizza delivery driver, fashion show stagehand, and AP test scorer, but still finds the time to write for kids and adults. Currently, Max is writing a picture book called The Book Formerly Known As Barf. This is Max’s first novel.