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Tricks (Tricks #1)

Title

Tricks (Tricks #1)

Authors

Ellen Hopkins

Publisher

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Publication Year

2017

ISBN

9781481498241

Pages

626 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel in verse

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching…for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don’t expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words “I love you” are said for all the wrong reasons.Five moving stories remain separate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story—a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up. A story about kids figuring out what sex and love are all about, at all costs, while asking themselves, “Can I ever feel okay about myself?”

Grade Level

9-12

Lexile Measure

HL590L

Topic

Family Relationships, LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Disability and Health; Family member death; Kinship care; Family violence; Homelessness; Poverty; Homosexuality; Addiction; death of a parent; death of a mother; death of a step father; grandparents raising grandchildren; abusive parent; sexual abuse; homeless teenager; gay; gay teenager; lesbian; lesbian teenager; alcoholism; drug abuse; heroin addiction

Main Character

female teenagers; male teenagers

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

multiple

LGBTQ+

gay male; lesbian female

Awards

Goodreads Choice Award, 2009, Nominee, Young Adult Fiction; Poetry Picks, 2009; Pure Poetry, 2009; Rainbow List, 2010 Fiction; Stuff for the Teen Age, 2010 Deal With It

Keywords

teenage prostitution; escorts; family problems; emotional problems; Las Vegas; photography; survival; debt; homophobia; sex

Diversity Impact

direct

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