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Children's Fiction Dating & Sex

On the Game

by (author) Monique Polak

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
Jan 2015
Dating & Sex, Girls & Women
Recommended Age
14 to 18
Recommended Grade
9 to 12
Recommended Reading age
7 to 10
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2005
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2005
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2015
    List Price

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Out of print

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There's nothing more exciting than being young and in love -- especially when the object of your affection is an older guy who showers you with gifts and attention. But when Yolande's new boyfriend, Etienne, asks her to go on a date with another guy, it becomes clear that his love comes at a terrible price. Inspired by true events, On the Game follows one ordinary girl on an extraordinary journey into the dark world of teenage prostitution.


About the author



MONIQUE POLAK is the author of 26 novels for young readers, as well as two non-fiction titles and a board book. Her books Hate Mail, Room for One More, and the historical novel What World is Left, which was inspired by her mother’s experience during the Holocaust, were all winners of the Quebec Writers’ Federation Prize for Children’s and YA Literature.



Her books have also been nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Arthur Ellis Award, and several have been selected as Best Books for Children and Teens by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre.



She is also a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Macleans, and Postmedia newspapers across the country, and is a columnist on ICI Radio-Canada’s Plus on est de fous, plus on lit! Monique lives in Montreal, Quebec, where she teaches English and Humanities at Marianopolis College.


Monique Polak's profile page


  • Winner, Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection

Editorial Reviews

"Polak has created a story that is entrenched with the reality surrounding teenagers today....On the Game is a story for every teenager, both male and female. For the male, the novel teaches the lesson of the need to take care of other's feelings, and for the female, it shows that it is sometimes necessary to ask for help if you do not think you can say no. A book that, once it is started, is difficult to put down."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Librarian Reviews

On the Game (SideStreets)

Yolande’s older boyfriend showers her with gifts and attention. But she discovers that his love comes at a terrible price. Polak explores the dark world of teenage prostitution.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2006.

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