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Tag Along

by Tom Ryan

tagged: friendship, dating & sex, holidays & celebrations
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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
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published: Oct 2013
pages: 208
ISBN:9781459802971
publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Description

It's junior prom night. Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). By happenstance, the four near-strangers end up together, getting into more trouble, arguing and ultimately helping each other out over the course of eight madcap hours.

About the Author

Tom Ryan is the author of Keep This to Yourself, winner of the 2020 Arthur Ellis Award for Best YA Crime Book and the 2020 ITW Thriller Award for Best Young Adult Novel. He has also been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award, and the Hackmatack Award. Two of Tom's books have been Junior Library Guild selections, and his young adult novels were ALA Rainbow List picks in 2013, 2014, and 2020. In 2017 he was a Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.

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Recommended Age and Grade
Grade:
8 to 12
Awards
  • Short-listed, CCBC Best Books
  • Commended, Stellar Award nominee
  • Short-listed, White Pine Award nominee
  • Commended, Resource Links "The Year's Best"
  • Commended, Rainbow Top Ten list
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention
Editorial Reviews

"Ryan must be given lots of points for style...Junior high teachers who put this fun and entertaining novel in the hands of reluctant and struggling readers are sure to be thanked by their students."

— CM Magazine

"In this The Breakfast Club­-esque novel, four teens with little in common find their destinies intertwined on the night of their junior prom...Readers will enjoy this feel-good story."

— School Library Journal

"It’s prom night, and four teens’ plans for the evening are about to get hijacked...They all manage to meet, get connected and ultimately have a prom night that is far more memorable than their original plans. Ryan never goes over the top as he unfurls the story, alternating the voices of the four teens, but exciting events occur, and the gradual jelling of the group is completely believable. A regular kid’s prom, minus the limo but with enough drama to satisfy."

— Kirkus Reviews

"A quick read with some of the antics being laugh-out-loud funny. Most teens will identify with one of the main characters, though they each have their quirks. This could also spark discussions about loyalty, friendship, and being true to yourself."

— VOYA

"A novel of rites of passage, experience, and teenage angst, Tag Along captures the teen audience with well-written narrative, rich with emotion and spicy with the complications of life. The story is a page-turner with humour, angst, anger and joy breathing life through the momentous events of the evening. Truly entertaining and delightful. Highly recommended for leisure reading."

— Resource Links

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